My Body Was Bought With A Price [1 Corinthians 6]

12All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 13Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH." 17But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

 
 18Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
 20For you ave been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.


 

I can understand the idea that my body is for the Lord but what does it mean that "the Lord is for the body?" God is for my body because it is a member of Christ (v.15)


I tend to think of my body as necessary, but not the focus - God wants my spirit.  But the truth is, He bought me at a great price so my body could be the dwelling for His Spirit. (vs. 19-20)  In Romans 12:1-2 He is calling me to present my body to Him as a living sacrifice (to be transformed to the perfect desire of God by renewing my mind. 

 

Lord, cause me to think the way You think about my body. May You be glorified (correctly represented) by my body.  Thank You for the huge price you paid for my body to be a place for your Spirit to dwell.


My female mind thinks about my body in terms of size and shape, which in my mind is ultimately determined by what I eat. God, through Paul, begins this passage by encouraging us not to be mastered by food.  What part does what I think about food play in the daily presenting my body as a living sacrifice?  To read more on the thoughts about food, click here.
Verna McCrillis, 6/4/2009