The Sanctity of the Body
1 Cor. 6:13-20
Sexual Immorality is wrong and Christians should never commit this sin. It will be a hindrance to his spiritual growth and it’s a sin different from all the other sin. We will deal first with the logic or the Philosophy of the Corinthians here and then I would try to explain to you the serious effect of
fornication. Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and we must not defile it by indulging into sexual sins.
I. The body is not for fornication (1 Cor. 6:13-14)
A. There is a saying in Corinth that tells “Meats for the belly and belly for meats”. Remember that the context of this chapter is about sexual immorality.
B. What this “worldly view” of the Corinthians means is that, “eating food is the same as having sex. One can eat whatever food they want to eat and they can have sex with anyone they want to have sex with.
C. Paul refutes this and tells the Corinthians that one day there will be an end for man’s belly for his need of foods and meats. When we die our desire for all kinds of food will be gone.
D. Life does not really come from food. Life comes from God, from knowing Him and from obeying His commandments.
E. Paul also explains here that man’s body has much greater importance and you cannot just use it for sexual satisfaction.
F. The body of man is meant to be used to serve the Lord for His glory. I would say that our body should only be devoted and dedicated to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
G. God the Father has raised Jesus from the dead, and made his body glorified. Our bodies will also be like His (Ph. 3:21) and it would also be perfectly pure and holy.
Illustration 1: Ermine
In the forests of northern Europe and Asia lives little animal called the ermine, known for his snowwhite fur in winter. He instinctively protects his white coat against anything that would soil it.
Fur hunters take advantage of this unusual trait of the ermine. They don’t set a snare to catch him, but instead they find his home, which is usually a cleft in a rock or a hollow in an old tree. They smear the entrance and interior with grime. Then the hunters set their dogs loose to find and chase the ermine. The frightened animal flees toward home but doesn’t enter because of the filth. Rather than soil his white coat, he is trapped by the dogs and captured while preserving his purity. For the ermine, purity is more precious than life.
Our Daily Bread, April 21, 1997
II. We are united with Christ (1 Cor. 6: 15 -17)
A. When we put our faith in Christ Jesus and receive Him as our personal Saviour, our bodies become a part or a member of Christ’s mystical body, the Lord’s holy temple, a temple for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
B. It’s very disrespectful for a member of Christ’s body to use it for fornication or any act of immorality or impurity. It is a duty of all Christians to keep their body pure.
C. Here in verses 15-17 Paul mentions about incompatibility of two unions: (1) the Corinthians ‘union with Christ, and (2) their union through sexual intercourse with a prostitute.
D. To have sex with a prostitute is to become one with her. How can one who has been joined with Christ now join with a prostitute?
E. The answer is “God forbid”. The Greek phrase translated “God forbid” is “me ginomai” which means “may it not be” in the most emphatic sense.
F. The purest form of unity is the sexual relationship is between husband and wife within the bounds of marriage. To disgrace it with immoral sexual deed is a terrible sin.
III. Flee Fornication (1 Cor. 6:18-20)
A. Fornication can mean any sexual activity outside monogamous marriage. It thus includes not only premarital sex, but also adultery, homosexual acts, incest, remarriage after unbiblical divorce, and sexual acts with animals, all of which is forbidden in the law as given through Moses (Lev. 20:10-21). Christ expanded the prohibition against adultery to include even sexual lusting (Mat. 5:28)
B. Fornication is a sin against one’s own body more than all other sins (1 Cor. 6:18, “Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body”). This means that fornication has a more damaging effect upon the body than other sins. When a man steals, his body is not thereby directly polluted. When he lies, his spirit is corrupted but not his body. When he cheats or covets, it is his spirit that is corrupted rather than his body, as a direct effect of that sin. But when a man commits fornication, it is his body that is directly affected and polluted, as well as his spirit and soul. Fornication often results in diseases and other problems.
1. Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea, syphilis, AIDS, are brought on by fornication. AIDS is incurable and causes death.
2. Marriages intended for life are broken (Mt. 19:4-6), and children suffers.
Relationships with other family members, friends in the church as well as in the community are also ruined.
3. It will be hard to forgive oneself, there will be self-recrimination. (Prov. 5:11-13)
4. If unrepented and unforgiven, there is no hope. (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21;
C. The command is to “flee fornication”. We are to avoid it like what we do if we see a wild animal like mad dog, a hungry lion or tiger, or a deadly snake.
D. Joseph was right when he ran away from Potiphar’s wife
Illustration 2: Bonding
Sometimes when I’m talking to teens, I draw an analogy between the bonding capacity of the body and adhesive tape. Adhesive tape is not made for repetitive use. The strongest bond adhesive tape is capable of making is formed with the first surface to which it is applied. You can remove the tape
and reapply it to other surfaces several times, and it will still adhere. However, with every application, some of the adhesiveness has been compromised. Finally, if you continue the practice long enough, there will not be enough adhesiveness left to make the tape stick to any surface. God intended that the bond between mates be the closest and strongest one they are capable of
forming. That is why Paul makes it very clear that the body is not for fornication. Dr. Richard Dobbins in Homemade, Nov., 1987
Illustration 3: Venereal Diseases Rampant
Venereal disease is climbing by leaps everywhere. Cases of gonorrhea has topped the one million mark. About 100,000 women each year are made sterile by gonorrhea infections. The dean of the School of Public Health at UCLA considered it “out of control.” At least one strain is completely
resistant to treatment by penicillin. The main reason: increased sexual promiscuity and homosexuality. Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.
IV. Spiritual Temple
A. The Holy Ghost dwells in us; our bodies are his temples. In reality, all three persons of the Trinity indwells the believer.
1. The Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:16-17, Rom.8:9,11, 1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19, 2 Tim. 1:14)
2. God the Son (Matt. 28:20 ,Jn. 14:20,23; 15:4-5, Rom. 8:10, 2 Cor. 13:5; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:17; Col. 1:27)
3. God the Father (Jn. 14:23; 2 Cor. 6:16)
B. We have been bought by the blood of Christ. (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
C. And ye are not your own? – Ye have no right over yourselves, to dispose either of your body, or any of its members, as you may think proper or lawful; you are bound to God, and to him you are accountable.
D. We are to glorify God in our body. Our body must only be used for God’s service, used as instrument of righteousness instead of sin and impurity.
E. We are to glorify God in how we live. Living holy lives, acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.
As it is written, our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and He dwells in us. It’s a terrible sin to commit fornication and thereby defile our own body. It’s our duty to keep our body pure to serve and glorify the Lord by living a holy life. Now that you know the truth about fornication will you flee from it? You should my friend.