This year we celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in April, so the christianwriters.com blog chain picked resurrection for the theme. Check out the side bar for links to all the other blogs in this month’s chain. We will be looking at 1Corinthians 6:12-20.
12. All things are lawful for me, but all things ar not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power…. 20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We have been bought at a price, we have been redeemed. Webster’s dictionary defines redeemed, “To buy back: to pay off a debt.” Jesus paid the price to buy us back from the power of sin and the devil by His resurrection power. Let me explain.
God created man in His own image to rule over the earth under Himself (Gen. 1:28). Adam, the first man, was created without a sin nature, so he was fully free to live a life completely pleasing unto God, and was spiritually alive. But God does not want a bunch of robots to serve Him, but desires those who will choose to trust and obey Him. So He gave Adam one rule to test his obedience – do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for this would produce spiritual separation from God, spiritual death. Because Adam was created perfect he would never do anything contrary to God’s ways apart from having a specific rule to choose to follow. Paul told us in Romans 3 that the law gives knowledge of sin.
The devil used a serpent to deceive Eve, tricking her into believing it would make her more like God, knowing good and evil. After examining the fruit and deciding it was good for eating, she ate. Then she turned and told her husband, “Hey, this fruit is quite tasty. Try some.” And for whatever reason, Adam knowingly chose to eat the fruit in disobedience to God’s command.
When Adam ate the fruit he committed sin and was no longer perfect. He felt the nakedness of his guilt and tried to cover up his in with leaves, as did Eve. In the moment of his sin he died spiritually, his connection to God through holiness broken. By disobeying God at the behest of the devil, he pawned himself and much of his earthly authority over to the devil, and became subject to the sin nature, which is the offspring of Satan (John 8:44). Thus Satan, who had had no authority over man or this creation, became as god over the world system, the position intended to be held by man under God.
In His time, God brought forth His holy law to explain how God wants man to live with the first covenant given to Israel. But, of course, because mankind is born in sin, no matter how hard we try we cannot keep God’s law perfectly, so we cannot redeem ourselves from the curse. Thus man remains pawned to sin and the devil. So God provided a system of animal sacrifices to provide a covering for sin so His wrath might pass over them. The wages of sin is death, so this was transferred in type to animals. Under the law man is still spiritually dead, for the law cannot give life, only judgment. The law was given so man could come to understand how utterly sinful we really are.
The legal system and sacrificial system was only temporary, until the time was right to bring forth His true solution. God proclaimed the true solution to man, hidden in prophecies and types until the time of its fulfillment.
In the fullness of time jesus come down from heaven – God the Son Himself became flesh in the perfection which Adam had at the first. He kept God’s law perfectly, never sinning in spite of Satan’s attempts to get Him to bow to his authority. Jesus always did what God the Father wanted, and never gave place to the enemy. Jesus then chose, as planned from the foundation of the world, to be the perfect sacrifice as pictured in the sacrificial system of the Old Covenant. He took the sins of the world, of you and of me, upon Himself. He willingly gave His life as payment for those who were pawns of sin and the devil. In a very real sense the sin nature of all who will choose Him were placed upon Him as the Lamb of God, and crucified with Him on the cross.
But that’s not the end of the story. On the third day Christ was raised from the dead, and those who believe were made spiritually alive through His resurrection. God Himself, in the Son, chose to pay the price to redeem us from sin and the authority of the devil to which we had been sold. Those who trust in Christ for salvation are spiritually born again, literally a new creation in their inner, or spirit, man. God has given us the ability to learn to live a life pleasing to Him if we seek and depend on Him (2Peter 1:3).
Further, we are no longer under a legalistic system of do’s and don’t’s or the letter of the law, which brings condemnation and death. We are under grace and forgiveness of a loving Father, which is life. This is not permission to sin, but both power to not sin and forgiveness when we mess up. Redemption is a free gift of God bought through Christ’s bearing our sin on the cross, for we could never pay the price for our sin – the debt is too great.
Our redemption was sealed by the resurrection of Christ, and it is His power released in us. The resurrection power of Christ has many benefits. We will look at a few of them.
In Ephesians 1:3-7 Paul tells us our redemption means we are now children of God and accepted by Him through our faith. Even if we mess it up, even when we stumble, God still accepts us as His children because of His love. He does not accept the sin, but He does accept us because of the blood of Christ. He will discipline us when we disobey, but if that discipline brings confession and repentance He gladly welcomes us with open arms, ready to forgive and restore.
Second, He has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. This is past tense, already done, a spiritual fact of the new life. Ephesians 2:6 says when God made us alive, He also make us to sit together in the heavenlies with Christ – this is not a future promise, but a current reality. Now understand that we must grow into these blessing as we mature in our faith, as we learn to “be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Just as you don’t give your six year old the keys to the family bank account, so we must mature to utilize some of the spiritual blessing properly.
Colossians 1:14 says we have forgiveness for our sin because of the redemption. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law and the legal system of do’s and don’t’s. Which brings us back to 1Cor 6:12.
All things are lawful, not regarding matters of clear-cut sin, but those things which can be regarded as gray areas, such as the foods you eat. You reap what you so, and if you sow to sin you will reap from it destruction and judgment. “But I will not be brought under the power of anything.” In Romans Paul spends several chapters fully explaining this phrase, especially in chapter 6. Under grace all things are lawful, but this does not mean we can practice immorality and sin. Sin is still sinful. But under grace we have forgiveness for our sins of the past and freedom to live for God in the present without condemnation.
Sin has power, and if we follow sin we are slaves to it. But the resurrection power of Christ enables us to live for God and put to death the deeds of the sin nature.