Holy Body (Part 3)
TEXT: 1Corinthians 6:15-20
INTRODUCTION: The honour we give to God, the body shares from it. If we truly want to honour God, let’s honour our bodies. If we honour the physical church building than our bodies, we are still law oriented.
1 Corinthians 6:15 “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. 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 6:19 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? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
As far as the Lord Jesus Christ is concerned, His definition of holiness is to make no provision for the flesh at all. Moses in the Old Testament shows us sin after committing it through Law but Jesus in the New testament shows us sin before committing it through Grace. The Holy Spirit delights in prevention than cure. The Lord says:
Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”
The Lord is saying here that looking lustfully at a woman is an equivalent of sexual immorality. If you look at a nude picture and lust after it, if you see pornography, if you imagine sex in a lustful manner, if you think of having sex with someone you didn’t marry, if you masturbate and if you are having boy friend and girl friend without marriage intention, you are committing sexual immorality. It is a defilement of the body because it is not approved by God. Any sex outside marriage is a defilement of the body and grieves the Holy Spirit.
Out of the heart proceeds evil and good depending on what that heart is made up of. Heart controls the body of man. If man’s heart is impure, it will affect his body. Therefore, to keep the body clean, it has to begin from the heart. Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.
NOTE: If you mistakenly see what you are not supposed to see, don’t look the second time. The second look indicates an interest.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION: I keep my body pure in Jesus name!
1) Father I thank you for today
2) Father please have mercy on me
3) Father please enable me to always submit myself to you
4) Father please give me total victory over lusts completely