On Sunday, one of the “NEXT STEPS” was this:
1 Corinthians 6 says “You are not your own; you were bought at a price.” Email what that means to you.
Below are some of the responses we received this week on the passage from 1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20. Thanks for everyone’s input on this. Tomorrow we’re going to continue our series Blessed and talk about how God’s gift to us should change the way we view or lives.
1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
What does being bought with a price mean to me?
Christ paid a high price for us by dying on the cross for our sins...but in my mind, there is even more to it than that. To me, the fact that God Himself left a perfect heaven, where everything is beautiful and wonderful; where there is no sin, no death, no pain.... and CHOSE to come down here in the form of man and live life as a human on this earth full of sin, death, pain, sickness, etc... is quite a price to pay, in and of itself. Add to that, the fact that even though Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth, he willingly suffered a horrible, long, and gruesome death on the cross - all of this in order to pay the ultimate price for us... Amazing. Grace.
What right do I have to do things selfishly when He gave His life to save me. He commanded me to live a certain way and tell people about Him. He paid my debt, I belong to Him, therefore I should have to do what He tells me to.
Verse 20 of course cannot be understood without verse 19. This verse lays down the basis for a believer’s conversion. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God is simultaneous with the New Birth. This birth suggests the joining of two entities. This merging of entities takes place when a person becomes willing to conform his/her will to the will of God. God is not willing that any should perish so His will is always receptive to those seeking Him. We cannot expect an all wise and an all powerful God to shape His will to fit our particular whims. Instead we must become willing to conform our will to His standards. That doesn’t mean we will immediately know what His will for us is but it does mean that we must be willing to do His will when we learn what it is. This reshaping of our will is elsewhere called repentance. Now, I am aware that some Baptists insist that repentance is a work and thus not necessary for salvation. Others say little about it because it makes people uncomfortable. But Jesus thought it was important because He stated that without it all would perish.
Now, if we are trying to conform our will to His will, how can we continue in the filthy housekeeping of our body that we carried on before we agreed with God to change our will. We should be willing to provide the very best quarters that we can for our heavenly guest, who is God in the Spirit.
It is possible to write about this verse strictly from a spiritual point of view because our lives here on this earth encompass the spiritual, mental and physical all wrapped up in one body. I can see that God is sending us the recipe for “the good life” so to speak all in just a few words. The first ingredient for this good life is to know we have a relationship with God through faith then no matter where we find ourselves, no matter what events happen to us while there and no matter what the future will hold we are “one” with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. What we tend to forget is that by sharing our bodies with our heavenly Father we fail to “keep house”. He is reminding us that if we respect our Lord and Master we need to provide a proper “Temple” for the dwelling place that is His and ours while we travel this earthy journey. I pray each day to be a better housekeeper in my temple.
I think these verses are highlighted in two parts. First, the end of 6:10 "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." showing that we should be different than the rest of the world because we have been made different. Second, 6:19-20 "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." reflecting back to we should be different than the rest of the world and therefore should behave differently.
It's too small a phrase for something so massive. Having rarely to never experienced being "bought" in order to be or do anything honorable with myself, the concept of being bought out of a life that was dishonorable, in order to be honorable was beyond just foreign, it was unimaginable.
Another way of explaining this is being bought out of slavery, and then having the choice to either stay enslaved or leave the slave auction, and be free.
Because I have personally made the decision to accept Christ, I am completely free of the burden that once held me back. Christ sacrifice of His perfectly sinless life was more than enough to atone for the sins of the world. Because of this, it is now my duty to live my life for His glory. "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17)
To me it means that my life is part of something much greater than myself. It means that I don't always get to do what I want to do because God has bought the rights to my life with His blood.
To me, this verse means that who I am is not just not me. Everything in my life now belongs to God, and I gladly give it to Him. I give it gladly for Him because Christ gave His life for me.
To me this means we do not belong to this world. The one who bought us does not belong to this world and we are His. Because of this we should not live for this world but for the One who bought us. The One who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, so that we do not have to conform to the wicked ways of this world. I am thankful that I am not my own. I belong to Him who is perfect in every way, and in that I have joy.
One person linked to a YouTube video giving an example of the idea from these verses:
Another gave a link to a sermon video clip that carries on the idea that no matter what we face, we can rely on God and feel Blessed.
Thanks again for everyone who took the time to give your thoughts on that scripture from 1 Corinthians 6. Looking forward to Sunday!