In the US, we often emphasize what we have the freedoms TO do. Those stem from the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We even have a Bill of Rights that emphasize the limitations our government has to infringe on those rights. None of the Bill of Rights has anything to do with what our government CAN do, it only states where the government is limiting in controlling our freedoms to do things.
Something that seems to be eroding in our society is that just because you have the freedom to do something, does not mean you are free from the consequences. Lately, our society is attempting to even limit the consequences of our decisions making it so people feel a sense of freedom from those consequences too.
While this upside down thinking of our freedoms in this country could be an entire blog in itself, my emphasis today is on a different freedom, the freedom that comes with the free gift of grace from our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Corinthian church has began to take advantage of the free gift of grace and lived with a believe that since their sins were forgiven, there was no longer a problem if they were to continue in those sins. Paul’s response is that ““All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.” (1 Cor 6:12)
Jesus’ death on the cross paid for all sins, past, present and future. The reason this is vital is because as long as we still remain in our human flesh (this side of the 2nd coming of Christ) we will still fall into sin. Sin is naturally in us so it takes effort to not sin. Even after receiving that free gift, He knew we would still fall into sin throughout our human life and need assurance of our continues salvation.
Many faiths still believe today that after each and ever sin, you must repent again and ask for forgiveness again to keep your salvation. This is false and also another blog for another time. Yes, we should turn back to Jesus after another sin. But rather than asking for forgiveness again, we should be thanking Him for the forgiveness He has already give us.
But Paul didn’t end the conversation there. The biggest battle that Corinth was dealing with at the time (based on what we can glean from Paul’s letters) was sexual sin. So Paul points out how sexual sin is different from every other sin. Still forgiven like all sins but does carry with it, heavier consequences in this life. “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:18-20)
The people of Corinth (much like the people of our society today) had begun to normalize just about any kind of sexual act you can imagine (and many you can’t imagine). The Christians in that society had begun to grow so numb to the culture that they no longer saw these sexual sins as sins at all. Paul had to remind them that not only are they sins, they are significant and they are sins against the temple of the Holy Spirit.
To those not yet Christians, a sexual sin is no different from any other sin. But to those of us who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, a sexual sin is significantly different than any other sin. Yes, our salvation in Jesus frees us from the eternal consequences of this sin, we are not free to continue to live in this sin. We must flee from such temptations.
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