Summary: Sold Out, two of the most powerful words that can describe our life in Christ. It means we are no longer available to be bought by anything. We are not our own.
Intro: Some of the most terrible words that shoppers can hear on black Friday or any day in this shopping season “Sold Out.” What does that mean? It means it is no longer available to be purchased and unavailable to another buyer.
That is exactly what Paul is telling his 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Don’t you know Jesus has already purchased you? You should no longer be available for sale to the highest or lowest bidder? Why should this be important? Because if we are already purchased then we no longer belong to ourselves we are supposed to belong to Jesus. (Listen to the text)
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Don’t you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don’t belong to yourselves. 20 You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body.”
“Ye are not your own: for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s."
So how is it we are to live as sold out people in a for sale world? A wonderful and short book called Titus will tell us how we can live as people purchased by Christ.
Paul wrote this letter to Titus in Crete. Crete is an island 160 miles long between 7 and 35 miles wide just off the tip of Greece in the Mediterranean Sea. The Cretan people had acquired a bad reputation in the Roman world. Paul quotes one of their poets Epimenides in Titus 1:12 “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” The Cretans were such habitual liars that a word was used in the Greek to describe it, kretidzo, which means to Play the Cretan or to lie. It was in this very inhospitable soil that the gospel was planted. We live in a time and on a planet that is full of Cretans. We must remember we were bought with a price. Paul used a classical expression to tell us it was a highly expensive price. The Blood of God was poured out for our purchase. We no longer belong to ourselves if we have received Jesus as Savior and Lord we belong first and foremost to Him.
So how do we live in this world and time sold out for Jesus?
I. We understand the purpose of His purchase
A) God’s choosing of sinners
The term elect in 1.1 reminds us that God chooses us. John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.”
We choose to receive His choosing. We receive Jesus as Lord and savior. God’s choice does not remove our responsibility for sin.
How can I know that I am saved? If you depend on Jesus finished work for your salvation that comes from God. There will also be evidence of new life in your thinking, decisions, and emotions. You will love God and want to know Him better. You will hate sin that seems to defeat you and desire to live in Jesus power to overcome it.
B) God’s growing of saints 1.1 “To build up the faith of God’s elect.”
1) Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
2) Ingestion of the Holy Word