Metropolitan UMC Indian Head

Precious in the eyes of God

January 17, 2021   /   Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD

1 Corinthians 6:12-20
New International Version

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[a] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[b]

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

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The light of the moral revolutionizing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ stands forth in bold relief, in verse 11, against the dark and degenerate backdrop of the preceding description of Corinth. And such were some of you, but not all. But—these very ones had been rescued from the engulfing pollution of Corinth’s cesspool of moral corruption by the power of the gospel Paul preached to them! What a testimony to the power of that gospel, and what an encouragement it affords to every despairing sinner of any place, time, or condition.

The effectiveness of the gospel is represented by three significant theological terms: namely, washed, sanctified, justified. Vincent states: “According to fact the order would be justified, washed (baptism), sanctified; but as Ellicott correctly notes this word-order is not set forth with any studied precision, since its main purpose is corrective and not intended to be a theological treatise[1]


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[1] Charles W. Carter, “The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians,” in Romans-Philemon, vol. 5, The Wesleyan Bible Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1966), 161.

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