Summary: All Christians should refrain from any activity with their body that does not honor it as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
12You may say, "I am allowed to do anything." But I reply, "Not everything is good for you." And even though "I am allowed to do anything," I must not become a slave to anything. 13You say, "Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food." This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them. But our bodies were not made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14And God will raise our bodies from the dead by his marvelous power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. 15Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which belongs to Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16And don’t you know that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, "The two are united into one." 17But the person who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
18Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
In order to apply this passage in our lives, let’s start with the conclusion Paul makes and then work backward.
1. I am a steward of my physical body, but it belongs to the Lord. (v. 19-20)
You may think that your body belongs to you – but the Word says actually you’ve been bought by a high price. God purchased you through the blood of his Son Jesus, and you agreed to the deal when you came to him in faith and turned your life over to His Lordship.
Because of this you have to think differently about what you do with your body.
ILLUS: When I drive my own car, I tend to take it for granted. I stop and start a bit quicker. I speed a bit more often. I do dumb things like trying to change the CD on my portable CD player while driving.
But if I drive someone else’s car my mindset changes. I don’t take chances. I keep my hands on the wheel. I do everything possible to avoid having to say to the owner “I wrecked your car.”
This is what we have to keep in mind about our bodies. They really aren’t ours. They belong to God – and we are simply stewards of them, in charge of their care while we live life on this earth.
So, we must HONOR GOD WITH OUR BODIES.
TRANS: But what does this mean exactly? Well, as you just heard Paul explain in some detail, first of all it means…
2. I must keep myself sexually pure. (v. 13-18)
13You say, "Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food." This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them. But our bodies were not made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.
There were those who were making the argument that since God made our bodies with stomachs – we should go ahead and fill it with food. In the same manner, they argued, God made our bodies with sexual parts and sexual desires, so we should go ahead and fulfill the sexual desires God has given us.