1 Corinthians 6:15 | August 22

1 Corinthians 6:15

15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!

Paul uses the phrase, do you not know. He used it before in 6:2; meaning he assumed they should have already known what he was going to say. How could they have known it? He taught it to them while he was with them five years before. He assumes they know what he will say, but it does not appear that they remember! What should they have known? That their bodies are members of Christ.

In 3:16, we discovered that the local church, when it meets, is the temple of God. Individuals do not appear to be the temple of God. In chapter 1:30, Paul had reminded the entire church that they are in Christ Jesus; Meaning they were also the body of Christ.

Paul says your bodies are members of Christ. But does Paul mean individual people in the church when he says bodies? Or, does he have in mind various house churches that may have been meeting? We know there was a church meeting in the house of Chloe. Possibly there was a church meeting in a certain man’s house, named Justus, and maybe even the house of Crispus? (See Acts 18:7, 8). I think in context, he could very well mean various church bodies.

Regardless, there is sexual sin in the churches in Corinth!

As members of the body of Christ, what should they do with themselves? He tells them what they should not do, Shall I take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot?  He answers his rhetorical question:

Certainly not!

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