Folks up here in this part of
sure do love their wheels. I saw more classic cars and ultra-accessorized late models in my first year living here than I saw in the entire decade I lived in California . Guys with great skills and great patience (and apparently a good amount of discretionary income) take the oldies and make them shine. They make ‘em purr! Vehicles headed toward the junk yard are bought up, cleaned up, fixed up, tuned up … Now, can you imagine if you were given one of those beauties? Free of charge! You are now the proud owner of a meticulously, lovingly restored classic car. Think about how careful you’d be with that car; how you would want to keep it in its pristine condition. Think about how your car care would honor the one who invested so much to breathe new life into it. Massachusetts
Now consider what Paul says about you and your fellow believers. “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ … you were bought at a price.” To me, this is the common link between the first and last halves of this chapter. It might be easier to deal separately with the issue of Christians not taking Christians to court and the issue of sexual purity. But the truth that ties them together is the truth of our ‘bought and washed’ condition. The blood of Christ purchased us from the junkyard of sin. The blood of Christ washed away the dust and corrosion of our flesh and renovated our spirit. We have been meticulously, lovingly restored to right relationship with God. This frame, this body, this powertrain of mine is beautiful now and prepared to roll the streets of gold!
How then shall I honor the One who invested so much to breathe new life into me? Will suing my fellow Christian demonstrate that honor? Will joining the body He bought with His blood to a prostitute show Him respect? Paul addresses two very different behaviors, but categorizes them both as wicked. And what is the key to resisting wickedness? Remembering who washed and bought you. Remember who and what you really are in Christ. You are saints; you are family; you are members of Christ; you are a temple of the Holy Spirit; you are the purchase of God. And oh! what a purchase price He paid.
Pray: Lord Redeemer, Savior of my soul, help me in the heat of disagreement. Help me in the heat of desire. When I am enraged and ready to take my brother to court, remind me of who I am. When I am inflamed and ready to take a harlot to bed, remind me of who I am. Remind me that these two sins will be expressed in lesser degrees and yet no less sinful. In all my legalisms and lusts, remind me that I belong to You.