Beloved reader, this last passage for the week (the Epistles passage) is written in a didactic argument style – mean, in this case, rather difficult to follow. So I thought as such I would provide a little bit of navigation and narration as you read through it. My narration is in the square brackets and the text itself is in italics.
[The writer of I Corinthians says some people say] “ ‘All things are lawful for me’ [however the writer of I Corinthians says] but not all things are beneficial. [The writer of I Corinthians says further] All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything. [The writer of I Corinthians says some people say] ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food’, and [the writer of I Corinthians counters] God will destroy both one and the other. [The writer of I Corinthians continues his argument] The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, ‘The two shall be one flesh.’ But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” (I Corinthians 6:12-20)
Thus far this we have talked about being called as disciples of God and Jesus Christ. We have read that Jesus called his disciples, knowing them even before they had met him. We have read about Samuel who was called at a young age and did not stray from the path God laid out for him. And we read about Eli whose sons strayed from the path, and Eli did not live up to all that he could have been as a priest in the temple. And we read in the Psalms passage that God that knows us to our very core and values us most highly. Now, today from the Epistle we read that because we have been called by God we are expected to live as Godly people, holding ourselves apart from the evil and wickedness of the world.
The writer of I Corinthians focuses on two main issues; food and purity of the body. This does not mean these are the only two issues, but these are two important issues that the writer of I Corinthians felt his audience need to be reminded of. The Epistles are filled with admonitions and exhortations for authentic Christian living. And on a wider range of topics than presented here.
May you beloved reader hold yourself apart as valued disciples and followers of God and Christ Jesus, bringing glory to the God who called you. Selah!