New Testament: 1 Corinthians 6:1-20
Summary: Lawsuits Against Believers, Flee Sexual Immorality
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
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! 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.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:15-20
Well, today we are covering one of the subjects that today’s world doesn’t want to deal with, and if you mention it they will try and silence you. But we are not to change the word of God to convenience people. We are to proclaim it in love, knowing that if there is no repentance and turning from sin there will be no forgiveness either.
So we need to know who we belong to and how we will end this short life here on earth.
God offers you the opportunity to belong to Him, to give yourself to Him, and to let Him write His name on your heart.
Who do you belong to? Paul says it this way in I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV), you are not your own; you were bought at a price. He adds in Titus 2:13-14 (ESV), Jesus Christ…gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Jesus made a defining comparison in John 8:47 (NIV), Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.
No doubt Satan and his minions want to cloud our memory and cause us to forget this compelling truth at every turn. There is a cartoon that shows an old man standing outside Sodom and Gomorrah waving a sign, REPENT. Day after day, he stood there waving his sign. Eventually, a man approached him and said, “Silly old man. Do you really think that is going to change anyone?” The old man replied, “I am not waving this sign to change them. I am waving this sign to make sure they don’t change me.” What sign are you waving to make sure the world doesn’t change you?
“Lay Me Down” by One Sonic Society
I lay me down I’m not my own
I belong to you alone