The lesson on January 25, 2015 was part 15 of the “First Corinthians” study. This lesson looks at the issues within the Corinthian church which Paul is responding to the sins with sexual behavior that is not appropriate for believers. The blood of Christ washes away these sins but it does not allow them to continue in these improper acts. Our bodies are not our own but are the Lord’s hence the admonition not to commit acts of sin regarding fornication since that would be a sin against the body. The sexual practices may be associated with idolatry in so far as a) the actual practice (religious sexual requirements) and b) the idolatry that the practice produces in the mind of the person. This section of the scriptures raises some interesting analogies and practical applications for us to learn from. While an acts epistle the book of first corinthians contains issues that will be important for all christians. The matter of how we should use the bodies which God has bought must be of huge importance to all of us. The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 6:12-16 KJV.
“12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.”