June 13: Possessed by God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20. 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, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Here again we are being told to “be what you are.” What are you? The dwelling place of the Trinity. Christ lives in you by the Spirit. The Spirit lives in you by God the Father. This is your full and forever holiness. This is the greatest of intimacy and impact. Your body is now where you and God meet. You are literally the Holy of Holies. The inner sanctum. What once was only accessible by a High Priest one day a year is now constantly and forever made open by the blood of Christ. You are not only connected to the Spirit when you are praying, or meditating on scripture, or at church, or having some other “religious” experience. You are always connected. Everything is spiritual now (even sex, remember).

Verse 20 tells us something else that we are. God’s possession. You were bought with a price. Paul moves from the marriage metaphor to the metaphor of a purchased slave. You were transferred from one owner to another. From the slave master of Sin, to Christ the master. This happened by way of the cross. It happened by way of Christ’s own physical and spiritual life being given as payment for your release. Jesus paid it all.

You now belong to Christ. But let’s not forget what we learned in the letter to the Galatians, we are slaves, yes, but slaves that have been adopted as sons by God. This places us in the greatest position available to man. Our dependence upon Christ as our master will bring us into a relationship to Christ as our brother. This movement from dependency to interdependency is the pathway to joy. How? Because it is real and true acceptance. Christ accepts us even when we have no status (we were the slaves of his enemy), and then he accepts us into his kingdom, family, and mission.

Independence, or freedom from the control of another, may seem like the way to happiness, but it never is. Independence only leads us deeper into the bondage of the self. Christ purchased us to marry us. He is our Boaz. Our rescuer. Our patron. Our very life. There is no greater joy.

What is our response to this great love of God? So glorify God in your body.

What we do with our body is important because God redeemed it at infinite price. We are priceless to God. As N.T. Wright says, you don’t buy an expensive book and then tear the pages out to make grocery lists. You don’t buy an expensive house and then paint graffiti all over it. 

So let’s be what we are. And let’s treat each other this way. We are “to live is Christ.” We are the dwelling place of God. We are the priceless possessions of God.

What would your life look like if you really believed that you were God’s dwelling and God’s priceless possession? How does this truth remove all need to grasp for power?  How does the idea that you have been purchased at great price impact you? What does this tell you about our Father? About Christ? About your own worth? What does it tell you about love? 



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