Day 3: You Are One With the Lord
While we are able to learn a great deal about the Apostle Paul from his letters, there’s still a lot about his life we don’t know. For example, we don’t know if he was ever married, or even engaged to be married. However, we do know that he had a firm understanding of the oneness of a marriage relationship that is written about all throughout the Old Testament.
As Paul continues to refute the Corinthians viewpoint of “Everything is permissible,” he gets rather specific.
In 1 Corinthians 6:16 he writes, “Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’” The phrase “unites himself” indicates not only physical connection, but a permanent, lasting union. Paul uses this opportunity to refute the Corinthians belief that sex is only a temporary bond by saying that the oneness of that kind of relationship is permanent. Paul continues, “But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.”
The intended meaning is impossible to miss. “You’re united with Christ! Permanently! This is significant! Let this be your focus in all things.” As you read today, consider this: Do you struggle to see yourself as permanently united with Christ?
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13
Do you struggle to see yourself as permanently united with Christ? Why do you think that is?
In 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Paul outlines some of the most serious consequences for those who engage in sexual immorality. What thoughts do you have about this passage?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: 2 Kings 22 & 23
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, I confess that there are times when I don’t recognize the wonderful truth that I am united with You. I sometimes see You as, “The God in the sky,” instead of “The God who lives within me.” Today, may I remember that because of the trust and faith I have placed in Jesus, You live within me. You are with me. You desire the best for me. And You have already given me Your very best. May I rejoice in these truths not only today, but every day. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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