1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (ESV)
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 joined 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 sin 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.
“… your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you.” Paul here is addressing an issue that the church in Corinth was dealing with in regards to sexual immorality. The effects of sexually immoral behavior have huge spiritual implications. We see that it not only effects our spirit but our body that is a temple, a temple where God’s Spirit dwells. As Paul states, our bodies are meant for the Lord and the Lord for the body. Our purpose in life is to worship God and bring him glory and our bodies are part of that equation.
The Corinthians had likely fallen subject to the common phrases and thoughts of the day thus resulting in this address from Paul. It can be very tempting to adopt the world’s views and right and wrong. We are immersed in those worldviews and like the frog in the kettle, we do not realize that we are actually in a situation that is slowly killing us.
As Paul writes, flee and glorify God with your body. This is part of our act of worship and our devotion to our Lord.
Lord I pray that I flee from those things that keep me from you. Draw me closer to your presence. I pray that my body is a temple, bringing you glory. In Christ’s name, Amen.