The Deepest Price

The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.

 

Paul writes in I Corinthians 6:19-20,

19 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, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

We are not be mastered by anything in this world – food, sexual immorality, etc. – because our bodies are a sacred place. They are not immaterial, like the Greeks believed. God says they are holy temples for the “Holy Spirit within” us. Paul says,

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him” (Rom 8:9).

The physical body is a temple. To defile it sexually is to pollute His house. The body is a sacred house for God’s Spirit. And if God lives there, it is His body (vs. 13). This, our body is not our own. Our body is not to be for sexual lust or fantasy or any other form of lacking self-control; it is for God’s use. He is our Master.

Bought with a Price

The Christian has been “bought with a price.” This one-time event means we were bought in a marketplace of some kind. It means we were purchased from slavery to sin into the marketplace of eternal life because of the cross. This imagery is the idea of Christ paying a ransom (Matt 20:28). It wasn’t a ransom paid to Satan, as some believe. It was a ransom to the Father Himself, who demanded a payment for sin – the shedding of blood. Paul is saying, “You were bought …and look at the price!” As Charles Hodge writes,

“We were under the penalty of the law, and until that penalty was satisfied, we could not be delivered. The blood of Christ is our ransom because it met all the demands of justice.”[1]

God demanded justice; He demanded a pure payment of death. Jesus was that payment for you and for I. That was the precious price!

And because of this, our bodies are God’s precious possessions. They are not for our own use. We have no right to pervert our bodies when they don’t actually belong to us; they were purchased by Jesus’ blood. You could say God’s ownership of us comes not from creation or preservation but salvation. You cannot do with your body what you want. God sent His precious family to the cross so He would have the right have mastery over you.

So …

Who guides you? Controls you? Informs your conscience? To whom do you owe your life, your service, and your worship? Who has been given mastery over your body?

When Jesus died, His goal was not to tweak our lives; His goal was to transfer all ownership to Himself and radically transform our master from self to Him. So many things have been bought and sold in the history of the world but this is the price of all prices. The depth of the price is our motivation to live with God as our Master. What will you do with the truth that you have been bought with a price?

[1] 1 Corinthians, pg. 109

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