June 23, 2013
Called to Be Saints (Part 1)
Present Your Body
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ.
—1 Corinthians 1:2, NKJV
v The word saints means “holy ones.” Every believer is called to be a “holy one.”
v There are three parts of your spiritual anatomy: your spirit, your soul (mind), and your body.
v “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus comes again”
I. Thess. 5:23, NLT
The first area we are going to study is the body.
ü How do we control our appetites?
ü How do we control our words?
ü How do we control our desires?
There are several things to remember about the body.
1. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
I. Cor. 6: 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh."
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
ü Your body is not evil. Like money, it can be used for either good or evil purposes.
ü Sexual immorality allows Satan to use your body to keep you from inheriting the kingdom of God (vv. 9–11).
ü Your body was made for the Lord, not for sexual immorality (vv. 12–14).
ü Your body is actually joined to Christ and should never be joined to anything immoral (vv. 15–17).
ü Your body belongs to Christ and no longer belongs to you (vv. 18–20).
ü Your body also belongs to your spouse, not merely to you alone (1 Cor. 7:4).
2. Your body must be disciplined, similar to the way athletes discipline their bodies (1 Cor. 9: 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
ü All great athletes have learned to deny themselves. They have learned to resist the temptation to quit training and can control their desires.
ü Israel’s greatest problem in the desert concerned the cravings and appetites of their bodies
I Cor. 10: 6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."
8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;). Their hunger, their thirst, and their sexual appetites ruled them and brought judgment upon them.
3. Your body is a battleground
1 Pet. 2: 11 “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”
Powerful forces are waging war against your spiritual life.
ü These forces are engaged in a military campaign to destroy you.
ü You can never relax for one minute as if you have arrived in your walk of faith,
Those forces will be at work until the day you die and leave your body.
ü There are several primary fronts where the battle is fought
I. Pet. 4: 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry., NLT).
- Immorality and lust (sexual appetites)
- Feasting (food appetites)
- Drunkenness and wild parties (pleasure appetites)
- Worship of idols (any habit or addiction that you cannot control)
Words and slander (uncontrolled use of the tongue)