“Honour God With Your Bodies” (1 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20, NEB) by Carley Evans


Do you not know that your body is a shrine of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the Spirit is God’s gift to you? You do not belong to yourselves; you are bought at a price. Then honour God in your body.”

Paul wishes persons to control themselves and remain unmarried; but he recognizes that self-control is difficult and that it is “better [to] be married than burn with vain desire.” (1 Corinthians 7: 9)

Some say sex outside a committed relationship is fornication; others say any sex outside marriage is fornication. Jesus says that if a man looks at a woman with lust in his heart, this is fornication; i.e. adultery. Since Jesus always speaks the truth, fornication is rampant — for men and women certainly look at one another in lust.

Paul contrasts a man’s payment to own a harlot for a night with Christ’s payment to own us for eternity. What a contrast! A fleeting moment of pleasure contrasted with Christ’s agonizing shedding of blood so that His Father might call us His own, and give us His Holy Spirit. A man links himself to a harlot; Jesus links Himself to us through His own sacrifice. Since we belong to Christ, we are called to “shun fornication. Every other sin that a man can commit is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 6: 18 – 19)

Jesus calls us to purity; and this must start in our minds. Peter calls us to “be mentally stripped for action, perfectly self-controlled.” Peter writes, “Do not let your characters be shaped any longer by the desires you cherished in your days of ignorance. The One who calls you is holy; like Him, be holy in all your behaviour, because Scripture says, ‘You shall be holy, for I Am holy.’ ” (1 Peter 1: 13, 14 – 1

“As He Is Holy” (1 Peter 1: 15 – 16, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Be holy in all your conduct,” writes Peter. We are to be holy because Jesus is holy.

“As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.” (1 Peter 2: 4 – 5)

After all, do not forget that “you have been born again through the living and abiding Word of God.” (1 Peter 1: 23) Jesus Himself tells Nicodemus, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God;” (John 3: 3) for “that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3: 6) Once we are born of the Spirit, we cry “Father” to God, looking to Him as a child looks to its own parent.

“David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.’ ” (Romans 4: 6 – 8)

Paul assures us that we “who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds” are reconciled to God by Jesus’ death “in order to present [us] holy and blameless and above reproach before Him.” (Colossians 1: 21, 22)

Our task is to “continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel.” (Colossians 1: 23)

We are holy because He is holy. This is our hope; the fruit of our faith.

“The Old Is Gone” (2 Corinthians 5: 17, ESV) by Carley Evans


“The new has come,” writes Paul to the Corinthians. “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciles us to Himself.” (2 Corinthians 5: 18)

Paul declares that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” As a new creation, the old is gone, passed away.

Jesus says that “no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” (Matthew 9: 16 – 17)

When the Holy Spirit enters our lives, we are fundamentally changed. God does not put Himself into an old creature; instead He transforms us so that we are fit temples for His Holy Spirit.

“Do you not know,” writes Paul, “that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3: 16 – 17)

And, Paul continues, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20)

Peter writes, “As He who calls you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I Am holy.’ ” (1 Peter 1: 15 – 16)

The new is come! Glorify God in your body, His temple.