Inseparably Linked – I Corinthians 6:15-19

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear play the role of adult conjoined twins in the movie Stuck On You. They share a common liver but otherwise have separate bodies, personalities, and dreams for life. However, whenever one plays baseball, acts in plays, or does anything else, the other twin must also be involved because they are inseparably linked. While this movie is a comedy about the problems with conjoined twins, there are sobering examples in real life. However joined, whenever one moves or decides to do anything, it affects the other.

In a very real sense every believer who has trusted the Lord Jesus Christ alone for eternal life has a similar relationship with the Savior. Through grace and faith, we are inseparably linked with the person of Christ. II Corinthians 5:21 states: “For He [the Father] hath made Him [the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” After salvation, the Lord no longer sees us in our old identity of sin. Instead, He sees us in the righteousness and holiness of His Son. This change in identity is so complete that there is more than the forgiveness of sins and a new standing to consider. Ephesians 5:30 describes it this way: “For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.” This is the most complete and intimate link to the Lord Jesus possible. In I Corinthians, Chapter 6, the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? …your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you…” (I Corinthians 6:15,19). With the Holy Spirit inseparably living within, everything they did and everywhere they went, involved God’s Spirit. Some of the believers at Corinth were engaging in horrible acts of immorality. Paul is explaining to them that their identity is so close and intimate with the Lord Jesus Christ that, when they committed fornication, they were involving the Savior. He tells them: “…shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid” (v. 15). They simply must not. They must choose to “glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:20).

Remember, every thing you do today with your body affects God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Be sure to be pure.

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