Summary: 4 of 6. 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.”
Rom. 7:2-4—“For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.”
2Cor. 11:2—“For I[Paul] am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
Hosea 2:16-20—“And it shall be, in that day,” Says the LORD, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, And they shall be remembered by their name no more. In that day I will make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, With the birds of the air, And with the creeping things of the ground[Rom. 8:19-22]. Bow & sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, To make them lie down safely. I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness & justice, In lovingkindness & mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the LORD.”