Paul opens this section of his letter to the Corinthians with words that epitomise the freedom we have in Christ:
“All things are lawful for me”, but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me”, but I will not be enslaved by anything.
1 Cor 6:12
In Romans, Paul tells us that we have been freed from the “law of sin and death”:
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
I have found these to be precious words in my Christian walk.
I was brought up in a tradition that classified sins by their level of severity and whether they would damn you to hell. What a relief it was to discover that Christ had dealt with all sin and so indeed I was free from the law of sin and death!
This hard won freedom given to us by Christ is not something to be squandered. Paul gives us this guide so that we might be wise as he urged the Corinthians to be: your body is now a member of the body of Christ. Your body is meant for the Lord, a temple of the Holy Sprit.
The focus of this passage is sexual immorality, which is very relevant to us today. But we can apply this test to ourselves before we turn our eyes or take our body into any situation. Are we honouring Christ our saviour by taking our body or mind into that situation?
Paul urges us to always remember the source of our freedom:
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Cor 6:20
You might also want to listen to John Piper’s reflection on lust to better bring into perspective what is at stake.