Paul speaks with strong and uncertain language about sexual purity in these verses. 'It is God's will...' he begins and finishes with 'anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God'. He is calling believers in Jesus to a holy life! What we notice in these words, however, is that this is not simply a negative 'thou shalt not' approach, but rather he is calling us upward to a higher calling! We notice the language of verse 4 which calls us to 'possess (live fully) in your own body in a way that it holy and honorable'. Our sexual bodies are rooted in the story of Creation; sexual expression is designed for the context of the covenant relationship of marriage. Whenever we take it out of that context, we cause damage to God's precious gift, to ourselves and to others! Let us hear this word carefully together!
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