Will You Meditate on This Passage With Me?

December 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

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During the first week of 2013 I am starting my next blog series: “Specific Aspects of the Gospel That Kill Lust.” This has been the focus of my personal bible study time for over a year. It is at the heart of my goal with this blog.

For the next few weeks I thought it would be great if you could join me in meditating on the key passage for this series. Then, as you discover the meaning of the passage through the Spirit’s eye-opening ministry, you can share what you find in the comments for this post. Sound good?

It doesn’t have to be incredibly profound. Just share what God teaches you through the passage.

Before we get started, allow me to give some suggestions as to the questions you can ask of the text:

  • Where is the Gospel in this passage?
  • What is Paul’s flow of thought?
  • What is Paul’s tone?
  • Why does Paul choose the aspects of the Gospel that he brings up in this passage?
  • How does it make me feel? How should it make me feel?
  • How would I put the passage in my own words or common “every day” language?

Read the whole passage in context several times. Then take it phrase by phrase and just keep turning it over and over in your mind until you cannot think of any more questions to ask it.

And now for the passage:

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a 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 6:15-20).

Or download an mp3 audio reading of the passage.

Go crazy! I look forward to your insights.

peterdjames

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  • I’ve not got time to answer all the questions but here are some thoughts:

    The Gospel is in the fact we were bought at a price. If we expand to the results of the gospel, it is absolutely incredible that we are a temple for the Holy Spirit. When you think of the Old Testament temple, it is simply amazing that we are as holy and pure as that through Jesus’ sacrifice.

    Paul’s tone is so overwhelmingly positive that you are moved not to just vow not to do it, but desire to be the kind of person that God would have you be.

    • Thanks, Tim! Those are excellent observations. It took me a few years to realize Paul’s tone was positive. But you’re absolutely right that it is!