The Book of 1 Corinthians Bible Study Chapter 6 Part 2

We begin this week by reading 1 Cor 6:12-20
 
v12: All things are lawful (legal or permissible) for me: We need to remember context here. As a recap: Paul has spoken about believers being in a position of superiority (1 Cor 6:2-3). He has also warned against the dangers of certain deeds, and those who do them not inheriting the Kingdom. He called to their attention that some of them had been doing those deeds before they became new creations in Messiah. Roms 8:1 states that believers are not going to be condemned for violating the commandments/laws of G-d, as the law only has authority over us while we are alive (Roms 7:1) – death sets us free from the law (Roms 7:6)…IN Messiah we are considered dead to our old way of life and resurrected to our new way of life (Roms 6:1-14)….a life that glorifies G-d, to live as Yeshua lived (this is our calling as believers). This verse is speaking from the perspective of this new position that we have IN Messiah. For example: If we steal something as a believer this will not keep us out of the Kingdom of G-d, but we will still suffer earthly consequences and have a bad reputation. In Gal 3:23-25 Paul puts it in this way: While a young man is under a tutor that tutor has been given the authority (by the parents) to punish him for stepping out of line. But there comes a day when the man reaches a certain age and he is no longer under this tutor. Now, even if the man violates the laws set by the tutor that tutor no longer has authority over him and can no longer punish him – this is the same kind of relationship between the law and a believer. We have been set free from it, but, like what the schoolmaster taught, it taught us what was good, right beneficial etc for us. Our eternal security will not be taken away from us if we violate the truth found in the law, but we will suffer the consequences of breaking the law while we are on earth. All things are lawful….means that we can no longer be punished or condemned by the law (Torah). 
·      BUT all things are not helpful (profitable): Not everything that we can do will have a positive or good outcome for us. 
·      Brought under the power (authority) of it: Being in bondage to sin. Addicted to it. Although our pursuits as believers are not going to be eternally condemned it does not mean that they will be profitable for us. We need to realise that the only authority that will add profit to our lives is Messiah Yeshua – not sin. 
 
v13: Foods (“them”): Written in the plural. Paul is talking about a variety of different types of food.
·      Stomach (“it”): It has been created so that we can eat food. They are dependent on each other. We can’t have one without the other. 
·      G-d will destroy…it and them: When we die neither food nor the stomach will have any more relevance or usefulness for us. We need them for this life, but they are coming to an end, becoming obsolete, for us. This same word for destroy or become obsolete is used frequently in the Bible in regard to the law (Heb 8:13, 2 Cor 3:11 – although the law is still with us, and relevant for this life, it is passing away. This is the same concept as what is happening with the current earth and heavens – Luke 21:33. They are still relevant for us right now, but they are also going to become obsolete). The law has not yet passed away – although it no longer condemns us (as believers) and although we are no longer under its authority it still has relevance for us as it outlines for us what righteous and unrighteous behaviour is. 
·      Sexual immorality: Some of these Corinthian believers misunderstood grace/the truth of G-d. They incorrectly handled liberty/freedom. We are not set free TO sin, we are set free FROM sin. Unbelievers are slaves to sin. When we are set free from slavery to sin, we become slaves to the One who purchased us –Messiah Yeshua. Messiah frees us from sin (a hard task master) so that we are free to serve Him. 
 
v14: Raised up: Speaking of the resurrection. After the resurrection Yeshua had a new and different body. 
·      The L-rd: Speaking about Yeshua.
·      Raise us up by His power: We need to understand this in two ways:
1. We are physically going to be raised from the dead and receive our Kingdom bodies (1 Cor 15:51-54)
2. Right now (in this life) IN Messiah we have died to our old way of living and have been raised up to a new life (Roms 6:2-11). The same power that raised Messiah from the dead is in us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit functions in our bodies so that we can be instruments that are used to bring G-d glory. 
 
v15: Members of Messiah: We’ve entered into a covenant with Him. We also need to understand this in two ways: 
1.     We have literally been joined to Him – He dwells in us through His Holy Spirit. 
2.     We are members of His body – the church (which is used to carry out His work/purposes).
·      Certainly not!: This is a strong Greek expression. Let it never be so! G-d forbid! We don’t have G-d’s permission to engage in this sort of behaviour. This is not in conflict with “All things are lawful” – we won’t be eternally condemned if we do these things, but it doesn’t mean that they are right or good for us. In fact, they come with (often) severe and harmful consequences in this life. 
 
v16: The two…become one flesh: This sexual act produces an outcome/result. Because Messiah is in us, doing this would be like linking what is G-dly to what is ungodly – which is something that should never be done. 
 
v17: One spirit with Him: This is a good thing. One of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit is to bring G-dly order and purpose into our lives (like he brought order and purpose into creation – Gen 1). Although we won’t be condemned, we should never use the liberty that G-d has given us to sin, but we should use it for the L-rd. 
 
v18: Even though all is lawful for us Paul warns us to flee from sexual immorality.
Note: The act of sexual immorality is a unique sin. All other sins are external, but immorality has an internal aspect to it. 
 
v19: Your body is the temple: The status of our body changed when we believed. The purpose of the temple was that it was the place where G-d dwelt, where He manifested His glory. This is now our purpose – to glorify G-d. 
 
v20: Bought at a price: This is a redemptive expression. We have been purchased by the blood of Messiah. It cost Him His life. 
·      Therefore, glorify G-d in your body and in your spirit: This is our objective/goal. 

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