Salvation is a free gift . . . but it will cost you everything. I heard a preacher state that years and years ago. It came to mind this morning as I hovered over the latter part of 1Corinthians 6. At first, such a statement sounds counter-intuitive, if not out and out contradictory. We want to assume that if something is a free gift then, after we receive it, it should be ours to do with as we please. But what if the gift itself is about being invited into eternal relationship with the God of Creation . . . what if the blessing goes beyond what one has been saved from but what they have been saved to, participation in the divine nature . . . what if that which we received is so much more than what we now possess and more about who possesses us?
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. (1Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)
It would seem that at least some in the Corinth church were viewing the gift of salvation as an add-on to their lives. They walked into church still wearing their popular logo’d t-shirts . . . “All things are lawful for me” printed on the front . . . “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” printed on the back. And Paul says, “Yeah, maybe lawful technically, but not helpful” (6:12-13).
In fact, the implications of being washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Christ, and by the Spirit of God (6:11) were that, not only were their souls being saved, but their lives had been re-claimed by the One who made them for His glory in the first place. Just as God had raised Christ from the dead (He is risen indeed!) so will He also raise up in power those who are Christ’s (6:14) . . . and thus there is this eternal link between the risen body of Christ and the to-be-risen bodies of His people. The bodies of believers having become members of Christ (6:15) . . . those joined to the Lord having become one in spirit with Him (6:17). The free gift resulting in a new relationship with the free gift Giver . . . and thus, there being implications which impacts what we do with these bodies until that time they are raised into His very presence.
We gladly receive the gift of God’s abiding Spirit . . . but what of the responsibility which goes with the privilege of housing God’s divine nature within us? We rejoice in redemption . . . but what of the implications of having had the price paid for our sin? We desire to praise and worship our Savior . . . so what does that mean for us when we leave the building on Sunday mornings?
I am not my own. I have been bought with a price.
While I have been gifted with eternal life, Another has placed a call on that life. While I have freedom in Christ, Another has laid claim on that freedom. I need to lose the t-shirts and popular logo’s of this world and pursue the abundant life that comes from being joined together with Christ.
Therefore, glorify God in your body . . .
Not my own . . . but His alone . . . by grace alone.