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Monday, January 28, 2013

Sold Out And Bought Back

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."  1 Cor. 6:19,20.  Now that we have invited Jesus Christ to come into our lives, we come to a new reality.  We were bought, and we are not our own.  We were bought with "...the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."  1 Pet. 1:19.  The fact that we were bought must mean that we belonged to someone or something else.  To whom did we belong?  How did we get there?  We were "sold under sin" according to Romans 7:14.  We were sold out!  Who sold us out?  "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." Rom. 5:12.  Adam willfully disobeyed God, knowing fully what he was doing.  Eve was deceived, but Adam was not deceived.  Through Adam, sin entered the world, and death by sin.  We were sold into sin and incalculable damage.  But that's not the end of the story.  We were bought back!  We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but Jesus has purchased us back, and restored back to us that which was lost.  That's why we were bought with a price.  We are not our own.  Our bodies are not our own.  Now we submit our bodies to God, in order that we may glorify God in our bodies, and in our spirits, which are God's.  The Corinthian pagan worship with its temple prostitutes meant that people were raised in a culture where there were no morals, and the satisfaction of every fleshly desire was not only expected, it was provided at the place of their worship in their temples.  But now your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and now we are to glorify God in our bodies.  In fact, in everything we do, we are to glorify God, 1 Cor. 10:31.  The acceptance of Christ as both Savour and Lord, means that we submit our bodies to God, and do only those things that glorify God.  We will serve either sin, or righteousness as our master.  Both masters pay wages; sin pays death, but righteousness pays eternal life!  Whose wages would you rather receive?  Which master will you choose today?  We were once sold as slaves to sin, but now we are bought back by a wonderful Master.  Today, make the choice to glorify the One who bought you with a price!

Do you submit yourself to the One who bought you?

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