“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20a
Greetings fellow sojourners! Have you ever fully considered the second sentence ~ You are not your own, for you were bought at a price? The ‘price’ was the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19) and the ‘your not your own’ means you are not the sole proprietor. We should not, therefore, use our bodies as though they were absolutely under our exclusive control.
This verse in 1 Corinthians is an exhortation because of our oneness with Christ and the price paid by Him to make us His. If our bodies are not our own to do with as we like, as this verse instructs, then we have no right to give them over to sin. As we are fully aware, sin relates to what we are capable of committing behaviorally as well as what we commit mentally; in our thoughts.
From a mental perspective, what sins have we allowed to take up residence in us (the sanctuary of the Spirit) by allowing thoughts out of line with the Word of Truth, permission to proceed? Considering the definition of the word ‘allow’, when we ‘allow’ lies access we have given them (1) permission, (2) a share, (3) granted them access to rights, (4) acknowledgment, and (5) claims. What?! We have allowed lies permission to have a share of what God has redeemed?! The only way lies are even able to enter our bodies/sanctuaries is by neglect or oversight on our part.
Are we primarily thinking thoughts that bring edification to ourselves and to others? We were bought at a price and given His Spirit not because God needed a temple for His Spirit but as a necessary empowerment for us. It is His indelible mark that also indicates His seal of ownership (2 Corinthians 1:22) which is not hidden from the malevolent forces of evil. Because our bodies are the temple and the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit which was given by God (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) we should not allow anything in the temple to be defiled and dishonored by allowing things that pollute ~ this includes our thoughts. If a thought is contrary to the Word then consider it a pollutant. When our heart is filled with either love or pollutants it will overflow and the point of overflow is our mouth (Luke 6:45). What we say is an indication of what we have allowed in the temple. Our job is to guard our temples and not allow anything in that is out of line with the Word.
Your body has dignity and you must do your part to maintain the purity of your mind, your soul, and your body. Do not neglect to guard against allowing harmful thoughts from attempting to distract you from a focused and a devoted mind set completely set on Jesus Christ of Nazareth. You are much loved.
“And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
In His grace,