Bought and Paid For


The Bible says you have been bought and paid for with a price: the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

If you belong to Jesus Christ, you are not your own. The Bible says you have been bought and paid for with a price: the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Let’s say you invite me to your home for lunch. You clean up the house, cook a fabulous meal, and put the Bible out on the coffee table, since the pastor is coming. I arrive in a paneled truck with a crew of workers, all of us in blue jeans. We get out with paint cans and brushes, and we paint your house a rainbow of colors. I also decide a wall or two needs knocking down, and your living room furniture needs re-arranging. Then I ask you for the menu, and when you say we’re having spaghetti, I suggest pizza instead. Finally you say to me, “What do you think you’re doing? I only invited you for lunch. You’re acting like this is your house and not mine.”

If you have been to Calvary and received Jesus Christ as your savior, the “house” that is your body does not belong to you any more. It is not your house. It is God’s house. His Holy Spirit takes up residence in you. And He is well within His rights when He says things like, “That ego has to go,” or “Those words don’t match what you say you believe. Change them.” Jesus Christ has paid the price for you, and you are not your own.


For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.


1 Thessalonians 3; Psalm 119:1-48

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