God has given each of us a body, and it is made to function in many different ways! Paul wants us to recognize here that the body is a tool for our spirits to carry and sustain us in this life to prepare for eternity! The time will come when our bodies are no more, but we all have a spirit and soul within us that will exist eternally somewhere either for eternal death in hell or for eternal life in Heaven! “Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.” No relations or sensual activity outside the bond of marriage is acceptable! The body possesses this ability and desire to do those things, but our bodies were not created for that purpose! Think of it this way, guns are a tool that have made us free and have kept us free. Yet today there is a big controversy over their functions. Many view guns as instruments of domination, lawlessness, and terrorism. The conflict continues to rage because both sides have a valid argument. It may surprise you to know that the gun was originally made as a tool of survival against wild beasts, and quickly became the means of providing food in the dark ages. It was not considered a weapon for war until after almost a century later when the “hand cannon” evolved into the musket. Since that time it has been revised and perfected for the use of warfare and hunting alike! Like the body it is a tool that has many functions and possibilities, which may be used for good or evil! In the hands of the right individual a gun can be a means of entertainment, hunting, and even a living, but in the hands of the wrong person it can be used for violence and evil!
Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross and His miraculous resurrection, purchased our redemption from hell. From the moment we are saved by grace and through faith we become “One Spirit” with Christ. He has now become part of everything we do, think, and say. For that reason He warns us to carefully choose how we live our lives. When we commit sins such as fornication, which is specifically mentioned in our text, we include the Holy Spirit in those actions, and that God will not endure. God’s plan is for us to develop a relationship with Him that we allow nothing and no one to sever. We should always be much more concerned with how He views our actions and intentions than we are about anyone else.
I Corinthians 6:13-17:
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.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.