You Were Bought with a Price
The Bible says, in multiple places (such as 1 Corinthians 6:20) and multiple ways that “you were bought with a price.” That means two things are true.
First, it means that when you place your faith in Jesus, your sins are forgiven because the penalty required by a holy God for your sins has been paid by another – Jesus – on your behalf.
And it also means something our current culture doesn’t seem to understand. It means that you are not your own. The whole context of the Corinthian verse says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT)
To put it bluntly, you are NOT free to eat whatever you want in whatever quantity you desire. You are NOT free to have sex with whomever you want whenever you want. You are NOT free to drink as much as you want and intoxicate yourself. You are NOT free to fill your body with drugs that destroy it a brain cell at a time. At least not if you claim that you’ve given yourself to the One who bought your freedom.
If you DO those things, are you going to hell? No. You’ve missed the point. You belong to God now. There is an inexhaustible grace that seems downright scandalous at times to offer forgiveness for all of our sins. This is more about the attitude of your heart. When you chose to follow Jesus, you also chose to allow His life to become the standard from which you derive your ethics. “Doing your own thing” means rebellion.
God is a God of infinite love and grace. His forgiveness is amazingly inexhaustible. But His desire for His children is that we honor Him with our bodies and enjoy the blessings and benefits of purity as well.
If you’re not a follower of Jesus, you’re free to do whatever you want (although His law is still written on your conscience as His creature). But if you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ, everything is different, and infinitely better. He can be trusted in this. Trust me.
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