Summary: 4 of 5. The apostle Paul warned the church at Corinth of the inherent danger of sexual immorality. God must be allowed to control our bodies. But Why? When you/we are Joined to the Lord...
JOINED To The LORD-IV—1Corinthians 6:12-20
Those Uncontrollable Christians
No opener & no closing illustration(due to time restraints)
Some of you are missing out on your responsibility to the Lord God!...But you are going about it in the wrong way...You’re going about it on your terms & thus without Jesus! God may have showed up but you did not recognize the opportunity.
Lk. 19:41-44—“Now as He drew near, He saw the city & wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. “For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you & close you in on every side, & level you, & your children within you, to the ground; & they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
1Sam. 15:22-23—“So Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings & sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity & idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.””
*The apostle Paul warned the church at Corinth of the inherent danger of sexual immorality.
‘Inherent’= “existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute”
God must be allowed to control our bodies, so...
God’s people must be joined to the Lord.
Why must God be allowed to control our bodies?...& Why must God’s people be joined to the Lord?
4 distinctions emerge from our being joined to the Lord.
We’ve found previously that When you/we are Joined to the Lord...
1. His MASTERY Emerges(:12)
2. His USE/PURPOSE Emerges(:13-14)
3. His MORALITY Emerges(:15-16)
4—When you/we are Joined to the Lord...
His SPIRIT Emerges(:17-20)
:17—“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”
Likewise(:15-16) the one who “joins” himself “to the Lord” joins/changes/melds his own human spirit with that of “the Lord.” As with marriage, the commitment & oneness is undeniably defining in that relationship.
Our relationship with God is pictured in marriage(“joined”) & vice-versa! The church is considered both the body of Christ(1Cor. 12:27; Rom. 7:4; 1Pet. 2:5) as well as the bride of Christ(2Cor. 11:2; Hos. 2:16-20; Isa. 54:5; Jn. 3:29-30).
Jer. 3:14, 15—“Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city & two from a family, & I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge & understanding.”
1Cor. 12:12-14, 27—“For as the body is one & has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--& have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.”.....“Now you are the body of Christ, & members individually.”