It used to be common place in years gone by – People used to march against all sorts of ‘evils’
- Vietnam War
- Industrial disputes
Today we see it more at election time with Trade Union organized marches
One cause people have and still do get out onto the streets to campaign about is pro abortion In these protests there is a common cry throughout the decades… “A woman’s body is her own and she alone has the right to determine whether to have an abortion”
Question: ‘Are we our own person?’ “Do we have the right to do with our lives and bodies as we please?”
This a very important question because it has a VITAL spiritual dimension most do not understand
Our text points us to important answers to these questions: Answers which ought to be ours if indeed we are the children of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ – those who call God and Jesus – LORD.
- A RANSOM PAID
- NOT OUR OWN
- LIVING UNDER THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS
Readings reproduced on this page:
The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996, 1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan
1 Corinthians 6:12–20 (NIV84)
12“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
13“Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!
16Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”
17But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
1 Peter 1:13–19 (NIV84)
13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.