14 day plan

The Purpose of Pentecost

Day 4 of 14

1 Corinthians 6:17

17But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

Reflection: The nature of the Holy Spirit

This scripture is probably one of my three most quoted scriptures – what I would consider a life verse. There is such a richness in these few words.

Firstly, I love that it starts with “whoever” – there is no discrimination with God, no favouritism; we all have equal access and opportunity to be united with the Lord.

To be united with the Lord is our greatest privilege and our ultimate purpose. This is the pinnacle of what Jesus won for us on the cross – eternal union with our Creator, reconciliation with the Father.

The extent of this union is far more than we can currently comprehend. We see glimpses of it all throughout the scriptures – John wrote “in this world we are like Jesus” (1 John 4:17); Peter wrote “you may participate in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4); and Paul wrote “in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Colossians 2:10).

Like many New Testament truths, this is a reality that we wrestle with. We are still living in a fallen world with a sinful nature that resists the new creation nature into which God now calls us. I encourage you to go on the journey of renewing your mind to align with how God now sees you.

Question: What beliefs about yourself do you need to let go of in order to start believing your true identity in Christ?

Prayer: Lord, we thank you today for the incredible life you have called us into. Not only have you opened your arms to us, but you are also restoring our nature to be one with yours. Help us to renew our minds and start believing this truth. Amen.

1 Corinthians 6:1-20

Lawsuits among Believers

1If any of you has a dispute against another, how dare you take it to court before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the trivial cases? 3Don’t you know that we will judge angels — how much more matters of this life? 4So if you have such matters, do you appoint as your judges those who have no standing in the church? 5I say this to your shame! Can it be that there is not one wise person among you who is able to arbitrate between fellow believers? 6Instead, brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers!

7As it is, to have legal disputes against one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8Instead, you yourselves do wrong and cheat — and you do this to brothers and sisters! 9Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, 10no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. 11And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Glorifying God in Body and Spirit

12“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything. 13“Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will do away with both of them. However, the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not! 16Don’t you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh. 17But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

18Flee sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.