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One Flesh

Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?   For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NKJV)

In the very first book of the bible we find the outline for God’s perfect plan for the sexual relationship of a man and woman; it is called marriage.  The man is to leave his father and mother and the two of them are to be “joined” together as one.  This joining process is the sexual union between a man and a woman and it is only to be done in the confines of a God-ordained marriage. There is no other permissible sexual acts listed within the Bible, and in fact, there is much said within the confines of Scripture forbidding any type of sexual relationship outside what God has provided within the husband and wife relationship.  

Unfortunately our society has embraced a different view or belief—one much more liberal and consequently, one very sinful.  The view I am speaking of is fornication and adultery.  There are many today who would not think twice about getting together with another person to satisfy their sexual desires—it’s a term known as “hooking up,” and it is gaining popularity in our culture all across America.  This popular trend isn’t just affecting unsaved or unmarried people either, but is infecting just as many people who profess Jesus as their Savior, as well as those who have entered the covenant of marriage. 

Fornication is defined as consenting sex involving somebody unmarried, while adultery is having sexual relations with someone other than one's spouse.  Both of these acts are sinful and both can and will cause significant damage. Proverbs 6:32 tells us, Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul,” or his inner person, while the apostle Paul exhorted believers, not to let fornication even be named among them, as is fitting for the saints (Eph. 5:3). 

Q:         So how does fornication and adultery among Christian believers affect them and the body of believers?

In many cases there is massive loss, as trust and entire marriages are broken and destroyed; individual lives and entire families are often torn apart as a result.  But in addition to these tragic losses within the immediate family, there lies an even deeper loss.  This is because as Christian disciples each of us makes up a part of the Lord’s body—we are members of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; Rom. 12:5), and are one spirit with Him  (cf. john 14:18-23; 15:4, 7; 17:20-23).  A Christian who commits sexual fornication and adultery is actually making the members of the body of Christ linked to this immorality. 

Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:16-17 (NKJV)

The cost of becoming “one flesh” with another person outside the confines of a marriage as set forth by God within His Word is huge—it’s one we can ill afford.    It disgraces the entire body of believers, and worse yet it allows non-believers to slander, mock and profane both Jesus and the Christian faith. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Cor. 6:18-20 what can we learn about sexual immorality and our body?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you aware that your body is not your own, and that you have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to glorify God in our body and spirit today.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your Word, and for opening our eyes to Your truth.  Help us to remember that we are not our own and have been bought at a significant price.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott



1 R. Kent Hughes, Set Apart pg. 16

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