Today's passage: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
- “All things are lawful for me” and “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” were things that were being said by members in the church at Corinth. Paul interacts with these statements in these verses and the passages ahead.
- These statements were being used to permit actions that were either sinful, or at the least were not wise and edifying. While in some contexts, they might have been accurate, they were being used to manipulate.
- God is the writer of the law and the owner of our bodies (Including the stomach). Everything we do is under His rule and for His glory.
- When a man and woman come together physically, they become one flesh (Verse 16). This is the terminology used in Genesis 2:24 to speak of marriage.
Questions to consider:
- Are you the captain of your own ship? Is your personal gratification the most important thing to fulfill? Who is the LORD and who are we to live to please? What kind of joy can we have when it becomes our joy to be pleasing to Him?
- How drastically does the world's view of sexuality differ from what God created it to be? Every time a man or woman has a new “partner,” what biblical commitment have they made, even without realizing it? How much has the world cheapened intimacy? How can a Christian man and woman maintain it's integrity and powerful meaning?
- How can this passage (And the overall concept of belonging to the Lord) also be applied to the way we eat, drink, exercise, work, dress, use our speech, etc.?