Sex Week: Christians and Prostitutes?

“By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!” (1 Corinthians 6:14-15)

Jesus walked around on the earth after his resurrection from the dead in a body, a physical human body that had been “glorified.” He could apparently walk through locked doors with it, as well as appearing and vanishing at will. He could also do normal things like cooking and eating. He was real. Thomas touched his hands and side.

sweek_350Later in this letter, Paul will tell the Corinthians (and us) that as Christians we, too, will walk around in glorified bodies after our own resurrection from the dead. Before that, Paul will describe how we all are parts of Christ’s “body,” also known as the church.

All this body talk to make the point: What you as a believer do with your body sexually cannot be separated from who you are in Christ. If you have sex with a prostitute (or anyone else), you are involving Christ in that activity. You are also involving yourself – body, mind, spirit – the self God has eternal plans for.

Think: Should we really worry that what we do with our bodies sexually also involves Christ in that activity?

Pray: Ask God to help you not to use your body for anything that would involve Christ in something inappropriate.

Do: Read Paul’s description of the resurrection body in 1 Corinthians 15:35-58.