Our theme for this month: “Taking care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t you know that your body is the temple 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. So glorify God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You have a God-given responsibility to take proper care of your body.”
When it comes to the God-given responsibility we each have to take good care of our physical body, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 may be the most important verse in the Bible. In the context of the passage, the Apostle Paul was explaining to the Corinthian Christians why they should never even consider committing acts of sexual immorality with their body. So first and foremost, this lesson was about sexual sin. But the general principle being taught applies to the entire body not just to our sexual activities.
In this passage Paul teaches first of all that our physical body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who resides within us. The New Testament is filled with references to the truth that the Holy Spirit lives within the hearts of the followers of Jesus. Jesus Himself said it would happen in John 14:17. In Acts chapter two, on the day of Pentecost, we see it happen for the first time. In Acts 4:8 it happens again. Then the Apostle Paul wrote about the reality of it numerous times, including in Romans 8:4 and 8:9, and 2 Timothy 1:14, just to name a few.
In Old Testament times the Jews considered the Temple in Jerusalem to be the place where the Spirit of God resided. In our day people often think of church buildings as special holy places where the Spirit of God can be encountered. But the reality is that the place the Spirit of God lives on earth is inside the physical bodies of the followers of Jesus. And so just as you would never consider desecrating a holy place (like a church sanctuary), it should be likewise inconceivable that you would desecrate your physical body, which is essentially a walking, talking, mobile temple of God’s Holy Spirit.
Then in the rest of the passage in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul tells us that we don’t even own our bodies, God does. On the cross Jesus purchased your body at the price of His blood so He could then use your body to be a walking, talking, mobile temple of His Holy Spirit. And for that reason, Paul teaches that we must treat our bodies as the holy thing that that it is. You must take as good care of your body as you would the sanctuary of your church building.