Temple Maintenance – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 6:12-20.  A life of discipleship requires the full commitment of our minds, souls, and bodies to the Lord.

The church in Corinth evidently had fallen into the pagan trap of understanding a separation of body and soul.  Their practices had become quite sinful in that the things they did with their bodies were not considered “bad” since it had nothing to do with their spiritual condition.  Paul, of course, had to correct this thinking.

Using their own words, Paul showed the people that their “Freedom in Christ” was not an absence of morals and ethics.  Physical activity is not just physical activity – it is linked to the spiritual condition.  Therefore, the result of physical sin is not freedom but a new, spiritual slavery.  This binds both body and spirit because when Paul references the “body,” he is meaning the whole human personality.

Today, we also face temptations to live as if what we do with our body is irrelevant to our spiritual condition.  Starter marriages, teen sex parties, web sites designed to help people have affairs, drugs, alcohol, gluttony and more are all temptations to sin.  Sexuality is a wonderful thing, but God designed it to be within the confines of marriage only – period!

We need to be united with the Lord, which Paul says is to be one with Him in spirit.  With the indwelling Holy Spirit comes responsibility for the host.  The Greek word here for Temple is not a reference to the building but to the entire Temple complex.  When we have the Holy Spirit within us, our entire being is the host, not just our spirit.

Freedom in Christ is freedom from sin so that we become one with Christ.  We must run from sin but not blindly.  To repent means to turn, and when we run from sin we must simultaneously run toward the Lord.  When we do so, we are striving for a higher moral and ethical standard in living – not more rules and regulations.

How we deal with sin in our life is a reflection of Christianity to the rest of the church as well as the world.  The world sees our sins and calls us “hypocrites.”

I feel that our best witness to the world is how we deal with our own sins.  If we confess, sincerely repent, and overcome these barriers in our lives, the world will see what it means to be a Christian today.  We’re not perfect, but we certainly can try.  Showing how we overcome sin in our lives with the help of the Lord will tell the world of our true character and commitment to Jesus.

Temple maintenance is bringing our entire selves before the Lord and honestly dealing with the ways we fall short in His eyes.

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