Central Baptist Church
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Morning Worship Sermon

  
A PLEA FOR PURITY
I Corinthians 6:12-20
 
I Corinthians 6:12-20 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
 
     Paul had just told of the wonderful miracle that takes place at conversion :
 
I Corinthians 6:9-11 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
 
          Looking at these Scriptures we readily understand that God can save from the uttermost to the guttermost. 
         
          The Gospel makes drunk people sober, crooked people straight, and profligate people pure. 
          It works all in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
          You are washed in the Blood of Christ!
          You are sanctified by the power of Christ!
          You are justified or set apart by God for Himself!
          "Justified" -  It is just as if we’d never sinned!
          This being true, there ought to be evidence of this marvelous transformation in our lives.
         
          There will be if one has truly been born of the Spirit – the new birth not only changes the heart, it changes the life!
 
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
 
          A sinner accommodates himself to his sin; a saint abominates his sin.
 
          With all this in mind Paul said :
 
I Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
 
          Christians possess liberty in Christ :
 
John 8:32,36 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
 
          The principle of Christian liberty, freedom, or the idea that “all things are lawful to me” is a subject that desperately needs to be dealt with.
 
          We possess wonderful freedom, freedom that can never be known in the unconverted state. 
 
          The unsaved man knows nothing and cannot know of the liberty of Christ, for he is a slave, a slave to sin and the devil.
          In his sinful state, man sets out to fulfill the desires of the body.
          The body, it’s beauty, health, and satisfaction becomes the primary purpose of their lives.
          They work, eat, sleep, and socialize to fulfill the body’s desires and urges.
 
          Whatever their bodies desire is what they go after, and they see absolutely nothing wrong with satisfying their desires.
 
          The point is this, and it’s surprising to many in the world – the Scripture not only agrees with a person’s liberty and freedom, it teaches personal liberty and freedom.
 
I Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me.”
 
          Now there are two restrictions that are clearly seen and logical to a thinking, honest person.
 
1.  All things are not expedient
 
          “expedient” :     All things are not helpful, worthwhile, advisable, or profitable, all things are not advantageous.
          There are those things that are lawful but not advantageous.
 
2.  All things are not wise
 
          Some things enslave, they do not build self-image or self-respect.
          We’ve been delivered from the slavery of sin to enjoy the liberty of Christ.
 
          If you have been brought under the power of any habit so that you cannot break it, then as a slave you are sinning against God and you ought to claim victory through Christ.
 
          Paul said, “I will not be brought under the power of any.”
          He was free – free not to please himself but free to please Christ!
 
I Corinthians 6:13a “Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.”
 
          This is the sin of gluttony.
          Sinning with the teeth.
 
          Ill. -   Man who would eat and eat
               -   Go out side and force himself to throw up
               -   Come back in and eat some more
 
          “God shall destroy both it and them.”
 
          We are not to live for the body which is perishing, but for the soul which will live for eternity.
 
I Corinthians 6:13b “Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”
 
          Here there is no room for discussion or negotiation.  We are to say “No!” whenever the temptation to sexual sin is presented to us.  Sex outside of marriage earns the unqualified disapproval of God!
 
          Satan appeals to us constantly through the flesh, but we must remember that our bodies  belong to God if we are in Christ.
 
          Sex is a part of life, and it has its place in carrying on the human race, building an intimate and strong union, and building a foundation for the family.
 
          Sex was given for the body – the body was not created for sex.
          Sex belongs to the body – the body does not belong to sex.
          The body is to control sex, not sex the body.
 
          The body is designed for the Lord and the Lord for the body.
          God created the body of man to worship, praise, and serve Him.  This is the first reason the body exists.
 
I Corinthians 6:14 “And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.”
 
          Folks, even after we die we’re not through with these bodies of ours – God “will also raise up us by His own power.”
 
          If we’re going to live again in these bodies from the day of resurrection, throughout all eternity, we ought to take care of them now!
         
          Now it will be raised an incorruptible, glorified body but our bodies are now the temple of the Holy Spirit.
 
I Corinthians 6:15 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.”
 
          Because of this we can’t afford to involve ourselves with sin.
          How can we take our bodies, which have been washed in the blood of Christ, and yield them to unholy purposes?
 
I Corinthians 6:16 “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.”
 
          When a man and a woman come together in impurity, they are no longer two but one.  A Christian has no right to become one with a sinner!
 
I Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
 
          “Flee” -  Literally, run from it!
          Do everything in your power to keep away from it – this sin will bring judgment into your life.
          Put on your track shoes and get out of there, just as Joseph did as he ran from Potipher’s wife :
 
Genesis 39:11-12  “And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.”
 
Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
 
          Most sins affect the soul, but the Bible makes it clear that the sin of impurity will ruin both soul and body.
    
          Ill. -   Narrow streets of New Orleans
                 -   They were not made for the size and volume of the traffic today.
                 -   The founding fathers had no conception of what lay ahead thus the city has now outgrown its streets.
 
          Can that not be said of many Christian hearts today?
         
          They named the name of Christ, but they are still mastered by the lusts of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life.  They need to give Christ the right of way in their hearts.
 
          If your life is one of constant defeat and confusion, your heart may be clogged by sin, hindering the free course of the Holy Spirit through you.
 
          Recognize whose you are and whom you serve.
 
Luke 6:46 “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
 
          What is your life filled with?
          Is it cluttered with a lot of insignificant things that are meaningless as far as the cause of Christ is concerned?
          It may be the worst and most abominable sin – but God is able to forgive.
 
I Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
          Now look at the last two verses of our text – herein lies the crux of the matter of overcoming sin :
 
I Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
 
          We could never overcome temptation through mere human strength – it would be impossible!
 
          When we stop to realize that we are indwelt by God Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit, there is no reason in the world for any of us to be subdued by any sin.
 
          Victory is available, but it is experienced only as we receive it by faith, permitting God’s Spirit to take full possession of us.
 
          Paul closed this out with the challenge :  “therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
 
          Are you glorifying God in your body?
          Are you reading your Bible faithfully?
          Are you spending time in prayer?
          Are you witnessing regularly?
 
          Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
          Then be assured – there is no sin that cannot be conquered – don’t forget it!
 
          Will you let the Holy Spirit do through you what needs to be done?
          Will you open your heart to His control?
 
          If so, bow your head and tell Him so.
 
          If you’re here and you’ve never been saved, God is ready to work in your life if you’re willing.
          All you need do is invite Him to come into your heart, ask Him to save you, and you may be sure He will!