The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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02/09/2012

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A Body Of Work


"Everything is permissible for me--but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me--but I will not be mastered by anything" (1 Cor.6:12).

The human body has been viewed in many ways throughout history. The Greeks thought it to be evil, while the Stoics believed in punishing it. The Epicureans taught that the body was to be used for whatever pleasure one desired. The world of the apostle Paul's time was every bit as carnal as today's, if not more. He delivers a scathing rebuke against immorality in verses thirteen to twenty. "Yet the body is not for immorality but for the Lord" (V 13). In a nutshell Paul tells us here about morality and the body. When we decide to follow Jesus, we give Him our body as well as our soul. Paul goes on in verse fifteen to say that our bodies are "members of Christ." That's a big responsibility! "He who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit" (V 17). He utters a statement in verse nineteen that we have all heard sermons about. "Do you not know that you body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?" We all know what Jesus did to the money-changers that were desecrating the temple in Matthew twenty one, don't we? Jesus wanted the temple to be a place of moral purity, just as Paul wants our bodies to be. Finally, Paul sums it all up by writing; "You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body" (V 20). The things that our bodies do are evidences of our commitment to the Lord. We should present Him with "a body of work" that is moral. A body of work that is equivalent to the standard set for us.

Have a wonderful day...Let His light shine through you. Love mark Phil.4:11

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