You are not your own! You’ve been bought with a price!

The LORD knows whom are His (John 10:14) , more so than we know ourselves. (Psalm 139:1,Romans 8:6,27)  He knows the number of  hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7, Matt. 10:30). Believer, He knows our suffering, and sympathizes with it, because we are united into His body, and participate in those sufferings together (Heb 4:15, Philippians 3:10-11, 2 Cor. 1:5; Romans 6:5, Romans 8:17,36; 1 Pet 4:13)

Does this not include our longings, our desires, our cravings? Whether good or evil? (Matt 9:4) Do we commit the Corinthian error of thinking that God does not care about our sexuality? (1 Cor 6:15-16) The LORD cares for this, because He uniquely crafted it for husband and wife, as a means of holiness and happiness , being manifested in the joyful giving of one another. (Hebrews 13:4, Prov 5:18-19).

Our crucified Savior has recreated us, He has realigned us to something that the best of this world can barely foreshadow.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17)
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Sex within the confines of the marriage of a man and a woman is something  enjoyed in the temporary, but it something that God has attached with eternal implications. For what is temporary gives way to what is eternal. What we see through the mirror dimly (in this age), we will see clearly in the next (1 Cor 13:12)

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.” (Eph 5:31-33)

We must therefore flee immorality, and especially sexual immorality. We desecrate God’s temple when we commit those acts (1 Cor 6:19) . We sin against our own body (1 Cor 6:18).  Paul tells us that sexual sins are uniquely heinous, and asks a rhetorical question to highlight this;

Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! ” (1 Cor 6:15)

he adds;

 For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Cor 6:17) and then makes the distinction “outside the body vs. against the body”; “the immoral man sins against his own body.” (v.18) 

There is something very significant about our sexuality, that displays God’s handiwork. When it is enjoyed in the confines of marriage, it testifies to the mystery of Christ being United to His Bride when He finally appears again. (Rev 19:7, Isa 54:5, 2 Corinthians 11:2)

It is in this context  that we can understand why  God sees any other expression as detestable (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:27; Lev 20:13; Exo 22:19, Lev 18:23)

There is forgiveness in the LORD, sexual sins (along with others) was something that the Corinthians practiced, yet Paul says to them “ Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor 6:11),”

We who are in Christ  have been given everything we need for godliness, and God will not hold anything back from us. We all need wisdom, let us pray for it. We all need the love and mercy of Christ to constrain us to the freedom that He has called us to. The Lord lovingly and gently sanctifies us by introducing trials into our lives, (Eph 1:10, James 1:3).

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”

Putting the wisdom that originates from our evil hearts to death is calling out to God, and the wisdom of the cross of Christ. May we all cling to the gospel. To rejoice in sexual immorality is to preach another gospel.

 

Breaking Blog [Silence]

This is certainly something worth breaking blog silence over. Free June 5 and 6!

 

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This work supplies a long-standing need in the field of early modern studies by providing a basic introduction to Reformed Scholasticism. Although technical studies abound and interest in the subject continues to rise, until the appearance of this work by Willem van Asselt and his colleagues, students of history have lacked a concise guide to help them navigate the difficult waters of Reformed Scholasticism. This book carefully defines the phenomena of scholasticism and orthodoxy, concisely surveys the era, notes the most significant thinkers together with the various trajectories of thought, and references the relevant secondary scholarship. In short, this Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism surveys the topic and provides a guide for further study in early modern Reformed thought.