Therefore honor God with your bodies
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” ~1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I’m pretty sure this passage was used across the board as a scare tactic for teenagers. Church ladies warning against smoking and drinking. I went to college with this on my mind, which led to a build-up of guilt and self-condemnation.
I found a discussion with words that helped me sort this out - here are some highlights:
The Bridgeway Bible Commentary writes: “The Corinthians had claimed that since they were not in bondage to laws they could do as they wished. Paul replies that this is not so. Not all things are helpful, and some may lead a person into a new kind of bondage. Certain people in Corinth even claimed that just as the stomach needs a constant supply of food to satisfy it, so the body needs unrestrained sexual pleasure for its satisfaction. Paul denies this. Whatever is not fitting in God’s temple is not fitting in the body of the believer. God has bought believers out of the slavery of sin at the price of Christ’s life. They belong to him, not to themselves, and therefore they must use their bodies for his glory.
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Or let him be condemned when he is judged.” ~Romans 8:1-2
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