1 Corinthians 6:18-20
When people ask you Who are you? How do you respond? You tell them your name or maybe where you work. Or maybe about your family or your hobbies. Do you tell them that you’re a Christian?
That one is probably far down on the list of the things that we tell people especially people that we are meeting for the very first time. Yet if you think about all of those other things that identify us, isn’t that one the most important of all? I am a Christian.
1 Corinthians chapter 6 verses 18 through 20 it says this:
Flee from sexual immorality! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body, but he commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
Tells us there that we are not our own. That we were purchased by God. That God made us his own dear children. And he purchased us with a very high price: the blood of his only Son Jesus Christ shed for our sins. God didn’t stop there. He even sent his Holy Spirit through his Word and through baptism to create faith in our hearts and that Holy Spirit still dwells within us. He reminds us you are not your own but that we were purchased by God.
So what does this mean for our lives and our identity? When it comes to sins like sexual immorality, he encourages us not to live in the ways of the world, to live in promiscuity, to live in fornication, to live in perversion, and pornography, and all of those things, but to remember who we are. We were purchased by God. God who paid for all of our sins. God who is truly our Father by faith invites us to live in this reality to know always that we are God’s dear children. Amen.