SOAP Study - October 5, 2020
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.
15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.”[a] 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
PERSONAL SOAP STUDY
- What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
- What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
- How should this information impact your life?
- What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
- Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.
staff SOAP STUDY
Our world is full of slogans. All sorts of groups use slogans to repeat the idea or purpose behind what they do. Nike has “Just Do It.” Apple has “Think Different.” And, Coca-Cola has “Open happiness.” Harmless, right? But, Paul is sharing with me in v.12 the slogan the Corinthian church is repeating. They are saying, “I am allowed to do anything.” There is no lie in what they are repeating, but they are using that slogan to justify and rationalize their sinful lifestyles. Paul even agrees that they have freedom to make such choices; however, Christian freedom should not be used to sin or do harm to others. Does God allow our choices? Absolutely, but Paul counters by saying that all things that are allowed are not beneficial. A matter of fact, they can be harmful to you and those around you. The Corinthian Christians would say, “But food is for the stomach and the stomach for food.” In other words, “I’ve got an appetite, so I need to satisfy it.” But, the problem was that they were taking the argument to a place it was never supposed to go. Some of them were arguing that about their sexual desires to the point that they were visiting prostitutes (v.15). Paul says that we don’t belong to our sinful desires. We don’t belong to ourselves. Instead, Paul stands firm that we belong to God, and he is not backing down. He is not going to let us keep believing that we can justify ourselves, when we have been justified by Christ. Our bodies are more important to God than they are to us, and we should start caring more about what matters to God.
Paul is simply trying to get them to see that their bodies don’t belong to them. We belong to God. Paul is trying to get us to stop playing with sexual immorality with justifications, and simply run from it. Distance ourselves from it, because we are not our own. Our bodies are meant to glorify the LORD. That means running from the sinful lifestyles we don’t normally think about: pride, envy, self-righteousness, unbelief, denial, and others. These are sins that keep us on the course of sinfulness. They are sneakier sins because they are not what most believers would think of as problems. But, they keep us in slavery to ourselves and to our sinful desires. I think the only truth that can set us free from it is that our bodies are places of worship. We are the Church, and we have been joined with God by one Spirit. Let’s not make Christ apart of something that is against God’s nature. Let’s not twist God’s Word to justify and keep us the course of sinfulness. Instead, let us allow God’s Word to do what is natural: encourage us in the places we need to be encouraged and oppose us in the places we need to be opposed.
LORD, thank you for your mighty work on our cross! We need every bit of grace and mercy you have because we miss the mark everyday. We try to find ways to keep from changing and looking more like your Son. Keep us on the right path! Don’t let us twist your Good Word to benefit us. Don’t let us ignore you. Instead, bring us face-to-face with our demons. Help us to see the people of peace around us! Don’t let us be afraid to be better than this! Don’t leave us where we are!