Live High Because Of The High Price Christ Paid

Some who claim to be Christian seem to overlook, disregard, twist, or ignore passages in the Holy Bible that describe true commitment to God through Christ. This is very sad and tragic after all that Christ has done for each person. True love of God should impel us to live for Him on a high level.
Live High Because Of The High Price Christ Paid
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People being "lovers of themselves" is the first indicator the Holy Spirit gives in regard to the perilous conditions in the last days of the gentile age as recorded in 2 Timothy 3:2. There certainly are many, and sadly some Christians, who think they belong to themselves. "It is MY body." "It is MY business." "It is MY life." One can say such things all that they want but not realize that until they truly surrender to Christ they are part of the realm of darkness (Colossians 1:13) and ruled over by (John 14:30).

Once a person surrenders to Christ they

belong to God. However, many Christians miss that fact for one reason or another. When one embraces that truth they open themselves up to living on a much higher plane. This truth is expressed in 1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV*), "For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." For true disciples in Christ we may think of this verse in the following way: "You were bought by Christ so behave in your spirit and body, and remember you belong to God."

I. You Were Bought By Christ

"For you are bought with a price . . ."

We are in a time when people prefer to hear of a sweet loving heavenly Father Whose Son always expressed that sugary love. The “Good Daddy” of heaven never gets angry. Well, He is good, in the sense of holy, and whether you read the Old or New Testament, He hates sin and his wrath abides on the disobedient. Wrath and hell might not be pleasant to hear about, but it cannot be ignored.

Yes, He is love. But we must accept the Word of God as the Word of God and while God loves all, each person, His soul hates--that is right, hates--the wicked (Psalm 11:5). He forgives but does not clear the guilty (Exodus 34:7). Forgiveness can be received because of Christ’s work upon the cross. People remain guilty for not receiving the finished work of Christ on the cross and making it a vital part of their life.

Because we are all sinners by nature and do sin, we come under the wrath of the the Father (Romans 5:9). However, because of His victorious life and effectual death upon the cross Christ has provided redemption for all who will really trust in Him. Christ took our sin (Isaiah 53:6), became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), and was punished instead of us Isaiah 53:5. This was a most high price to pay.

The Holy Scriptures are clear that full payment was made and that we by faith must receive that while fully dedicating ourselves to Him. Our salvation does not require our own works, nor the works of anyone else. Only the works of God through Christ which are all sufficient. There is no need for Purgatory. In fact, the inventing of Purgatory, something not found in the Holy Scriptures, was not only a sad development in “Church” history, but a “slap in the face” to the efficacious work of Christ.

II. So Behave In Your Spirit

". . . therefore glorify God . . . and in your spirit, . . ."

Though “and in your spirit” occurs after “in your body” I would like to address that first because before we see any true godly change in the external it must be done in the internal. Also, though “and in your spirit” does not occur in certain other manuscripts of the ancient texts, the balance of the Holy Scriptures would support that point. We must permit God to change us from the inside to the outside.

By His direction we need to take care of our spirit {1}. Absorbing His Word and obeying His Word will keep our spirit holy and healthy. Also, we should not expose ourselves, or be part of anything, that would corrupt our spirit. Corruption does not always happen due to “the big things.” It can happen by things we may feel are insignificant. Just like bacteria and viruses are very small that they can only be seen through a microscope but still can affect us, “little things” in the spiritual realm can and will affect us.

I feel I need to give an example. I once visited a Christian friend. He was having spiritual trouble. When I was in his house I saw he had at least one statue of the naked human form. Elsewhere he had what I would deem worthless mail and magazines on a table. Looking in his living room there were a number of non-Christian videos. They might not have been outright “dirty,” but I would deem them spiritually worthless and time consuming nonetheless. Nay. Let us fill our mind and spirit with things that will point us to God, and not with the really nonessential or “slightly” tainted.

III. So Behave In Your Body

". . . glorify God in your body . . ."

The context of this verse deals with physical fornication. Evidently there were some in the Corinthian church that felt there was no harm in being sexually active outside the protection and blessing of marriage. By the Spirit Paul indicated they erred, and pointed them to the realm of holiness, not just for one’s spirit, but one’s body as well.

Given the context of the whole counsel of God we can say that not only must we beware of physical fornication, but we must beware of spiritual fornication. Compromise in our spirit will encourage bodily acts that do not please God. Often this will show on the outside, via our body.

How we dress is often an indicator of how


our spirit is. In brief, we should dress in a way that does not bring attention to our flesh. Women need not show cleavage or anything above the knee in daily wear. Men need not show their back crack or even their underwear (wearing the outer pants low on their body). For either sex clothes should not be tight fitting, revealing the human form. We need to point people to Christ and not to our flesh.

Also, again upon the whole counsel of God we can expand upon glorifying God in our body by saying we should endeavor to stay healthy. Right now your body is the house of your spirit and of God’s Spirit, so it would be wise for us to keep it in good shape. For example, I could probably be used more in His kingdom if I had taken care of my back when I was sixteen.

Lately I have striven very hard to avoid “brain fog.” In the past few years I have paid a little more attention on taking care of my body with dentist visits, medical doctor visits, checking for potential cardiac issues, checking for cancer, and more. I feel I must keep it well in order to do my best for His kingdom, especially as we near the close of the age of the gentiles.

Most important is not only to keep one’s body healthy, but holy. If we are saved, redeemed by Christ, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. No physical pleasure should ever outweigh our pleasure with just being in the manifest presence of God. 

Fasting should be considered. Fasting, using the time you would eat as an opportunity to draw nigh to God, is not only good for your spirit, but it is good for your body provided it is done wisely. If one can fast somewhere up to past two days they will discover more strength for their body.

We are to glorify God in our body by following His Word. We will not be intoxicated. We will not be influenced by drugs, including nicotine. We will not overeat or undereat. And, if we keep reading to chapter 7, if we are married we will glorify God by not withholding sexual relations with our spouse unless there is a valid, non-vindictive, reason for doing so. Even inaction based upon “I do not feel like it” is against what God says.

IV. And Belong To God

". . . which are God's."

If we are truly saved by Christ, born again, we belong to God and not ourselves. And, in the whole counsel of Holy Scripture regarding our body, if we are married our body first belongs to God, then to our spouse but based upon Holy Scripture. However, first and foremost we belong to God, not to the world, and not even to ourselves.

If we are truly redeemed we belong to God because of the tremendous price Christ paid, in love, in order to reconcile us to God. Out of love for God we should desire to live on a high spiritual plane through the power of the resurrected life of Christ.

And if we are truly saved we belong to God not as a piece of property, but as part of His Bride (Ephesians 5:22-33). This should make us even more desire to live spiritually high because of the great price Christ paid.

Notes:

{1} For further insight please listen to Protecting Your Spirit by selecting its link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M26 and Rule Your Spirit Or Be Ruined by clicking its link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M60 .

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by January 22, 2017 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M432 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  13-12-2016
    As disciples we are called to be imitators of Christ. A life without him even with all the works that we do, all the accomplishments we have receive, if Christ isn't apart of it, it will all be in vain. Thank you for sharing. Also, could you please expand of the issue of purgatory. I would like to hear your views about it.
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  • Tabu  11-12-2016
    I agree with you Sir. This is apt especially in this period when the faith of many had become cold.
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