Have you heard people say, “It’s my body, so I can do what I want with it?” Here is the surprise answer from God: It’s not your body. It’s His.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

1 Corinthians 6:12–20 (Listen)

Flee Sexual Immorality

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined1 to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin2 a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Footnotes

[1] 6:16 Or who holds fast (compare Genesis 2:24 and Deuteronomy 10:20); also verse 17

[2] 6:18 Or Every sin

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 6

     12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 144:
Jesus, Grant that Balm and Hearing

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1. Jesus, grant that balm and healing 
In Thy holy wounds I find, 
Every hour that I am feeling 
Pains of body and of mind. 
Should some evil thought within 
Tempt my treacherous heart to sin, 
Show the peril, and from sinning 
Keep me ere its first beginning. 

2. Should some lust or sharp temptation 
Prove too strong for flesh and blood, 
Let me think upon Thy Passion, 
And the breach is soon made good. 
Or should Satan press me hard, 
Let me then be on my guard, 
Saying, “Christ for me was wounded,” 
That the Tempter flee confounded. 

3. If the world my heart entices 
On the broad and easy road 
With its mirth and luring voices, 
Let me think upon the load 
Thou didst carry and endure 
That I flee all thoughts impure, 
Banishing each wild emotion, 
Calm and blest in my devotion. 

4. Every wound that pains or grieves me, 
By Thy stripes, Lord is made whole; 
When I’m faint, Thy Cross revives me, 
Granting new life to my soul. 
Yea, Thy comfort renders sweet 
Every bitter cup I meet; 
For Thy all-atoning Passion 
Has procured my soul’s salvation. 

5. O my God, my Rock and Tower, 
Grant that in Thy death I trust, 
Knowing Death has lost his power 
Since Thou trod’st him in the dust. 
Savior, let Thine agony 
Ever help and comfort me; 
When I die, be my Protection, 
Light and Life and Resurrection. 


Hymn: LSB 847 Christ, Our Human Likeness Sharing
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