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August 9, 2022 6:00 am
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When a person is a single, nor idolaters, worshiping false gods false religious systems, nor adulterers usually ascend talked about as a once a person is married nor homosexuals, nor sodomites.
It's an unfortunate translation because your you don't really get the force of the Greek language of those two words, homosexuals are sodomites. The Greek language is much more precise and incidentally the old King James version happens to be a more accurate translation than the new King James or for that matter. Most of the other translations of this particular verse. The old King James translates those last two sends by saying this way nor the effeminate, nor the abusers of themselves with mankind, the effeminate of that word translated here homosexuals usually refers to any homosexual relation ship. The person who takes the passive role in a male homosexual relation would be, who would take the female role.
The softer role and then the second word, sodomites or abusers of themselves with mankind and the King James is in a homosexual relational context, somebody takes the more dominant aggressive role, and that he's bringing that up because you speak of the Greeks and a highborn Greeks saw homosexuality couple thousand years ago as the purest form of all of William Barclay says that Socrates was a homosexual. As was played out. In fact, Plato's writings on the famous writing. The symposium of love was Plato writing about homosexual lovers in those days it was an adult with an underaged male child that was accepted in that culture. I think I mentioned last week that 14 of the 15 of the first 15 Roman emperors were also homosexual so is very, very common in those days and I in those days the older male usually took the aggressive dominant role in the young boy in that culture took the past several that's the reference of the word. Sorry to be so explicit, but I figured you should know that's what is writing about so he says do you not know that fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, nor sodomites. Whichever role they take, nor thieves, nor cabbages, nor drunkards nor violators nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And I know you you read that some of you at messes with me. It's not my problem.
It doesn't mess with me I ever really bothers me, Bob, my only duty is to declare to you what God has said to his word and you either accept it or you don't. So in the book of Romans chapter 1, which we arty cover just remind you of this. Paul writes about the. The Gentile flow of sin throughout ancient culture draw actually all time.
Therefore, God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Now you might say, well, you know, that was back then and that culture, but in today's culture. Things are different and you can't say those things because in this culture that kind of stuff is acceptable.
It was more acceptable in that culture. The reason it's becoming now acceptable. After a long period of time is because of the rich Judeo-Christian heritage.
This country has had for so long to update in amp and stem the tide of that kind of stuff in modern history was the injection of Christianity in the world that put an end to that. Now you seeing a resurgence back to an ancient culture so understand what Paul wrote these things. It was like when people are others like because if 14 of the 15 first Roman emperors were homosexuals. And Paul is like talking smack in a pretty upfront you know he got blowback for.
So here's what I want you to see. Paul says in Romans one these things date they happen they have happened. But it's against nature and the word there in Greek is physis and amines against God's natural created order God's natural created order. Got a set a created order from the beginning and he is the same yesterday today and forever. God does not change in his word does not change so if you tell me.
Well, God made me this way I'm to say no. He did not. You may be a product of your environment, you may be a product of some social conditioning. You may be a product of of a lot of different messaging that is going on. You might even be the victim of some feelings that every human being has toward his or her own sexuality, but there is God's physis and then there are those things that are against physis against the natural creative order and Paul says neither fornicators, nor a diecut, idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, but let's not just stop with the few cents because you are vulgar Troy Pritchett man will keep going nor thieves, are you doing in your income tax reporting are you doing with taking things home from the office of really don't belong to you, nor cubs that show us that's just wanting something that you don't have in doing things you can to get what you don't have, nor drunkards, nor profilers.
People who are in your face and talk negative talk smack about other people, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God seek those are part of that same list so none of us can say, well, that sin is really bad. These sins are okay. Why, because I do not look at verse 11. This is this is key, and such were some of you notice it's past tense not, and such are some of you. Such were some of you hate Corinthian. Some of you were extortioners, some of you were sodomites. Some of you were revile or some of you were adulterers.
But that's in your past that in your rearview mirror. You may struggle with those things. You may even fall into those things you don't live in them you hate them you want to move on from them you want to serve Christ at your past tense and if any man be in Christ he is a new creation.
Second Corinthians 5 says all things are passed away. All things become bran new God is in the business of fixing people fixing broken things, adding the glue of his grace to fix the sin in our lives. Such were some of you but you were washed, cleansed by the blood you were sanctified, set apart, you belong to God, you are justified. God declared you forgiven God declared you his son, his daughter in the name of our Lord Jesus and by the spirit of God all things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.
All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them of the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord and the Lord for the body. It seems that Paul is using two slogans that were very popular around Corinth in those days spoken by Corinthians or Corinthian Christians. Slogan number one all things are lawful for me. In other words, I have complete liberty and freedom because I'm a Christian. I been set free.
I'm not under the law. The law was a schoolmaster lead me to Christ.
Galatians says now that I belong to Christ. I'm not under that law any longer. I'm free faucet. Indeed, all things are lawful for you.
That seems to be a slogan that they use the Corinthians. Love, now it is true you are not under the law, but it doesn't mean that you can act any way that you please because Paul then corrects that is is all things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful, so if I do certain activities. If I drink certain things are smoke certain things.
Sure I can do that. That's not the issue. Are they helpful do they benefit are they expedient. That's the old King James Expedia do they expedite me. They push me along my my path.
My journey help me reach my goal.
All things are lawful, but not everything is helpful to keep that in mind, look at the next all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Now I want you to keep a marker here turned a few pages to the right.
Go to chapter 10 because you write something very similar. I want to put all these together all these three first Corinthians chapter 10 verse 23.
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. Same thing.
He wrote back in chapter 6, but now he adds to that and change is something all things are lawful for me, but not all things at a fire all things do not edify, so there's there's three principles I want you to grab a hold of them tonight. If you are ever wondering what to do when it comes to the gray areas where the Bible is not very explicit about certain behavioral should I do this. Can I do this is a permissible for a Christian to do this or that apply these three principles number one is it helpful if I do this if I drink this up I smoked this if I get involved in this activity. If I go visit this person or do this thing will it help me. Will it expedite me. Is it good for me spiritually.
That's the first thing that sifted through second all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
So if I get involved in this right now will later on it make me addicted to it. Will it bring me under its power.
Oh, I have the power I can do anything I want to now, but will I come to a point where I can't make the choice any longer. Right now I can, but if I keep breaking this work. Smoking this or doing that. Maybe I'm to be brought under its power all become a slave to it. Not now is not helpful. Certainly, and now I become a slave to number three. All things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
So if I do this thing.
What will it what message will it say to other believers. Maybe you will stumble a Christian media Christian will look at what's he doing drinking that stuff or what what what are they doing smoking that wire the freedom I have liberty on the Christian right is it helpful could become addictive bring you under his power does it edify the body of Christ. Others were watching vessel of love.
Love for yourself, the temple of the Holy Spirit love for others, love for God ultimately sold those three things are important so they were that was slogan number one all things are lawful. Paul said they're not hopeful in all things that those things may bring you under its power and then later on is it edify second slogan verse 13 foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods that that seems to of been a slogan that was popular in Corinth in general, you know, sort of like no I don't I don't eat to live. I live to eat.
I'm a foodie man it's all about the taste of cuisine. So foods of the body by the for foods was a common way of saying, sort of. Same thing II can you know the body was meant to enjoy the pleasures of cuisine that is around. Paul corrects that by saying but God will destroy both it and them so your body is temporary. One day your your guild. I but notice this now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord and the Lord for the body. So just like they were saying the body for food and food for the body. There were saying section of the body and the body for sex just like IEF meal and Nash is simply a physiological choice that I make to grab that cheeseburger needed no big deal I just gotta eat yeti overlooking the at at this at at sexuality the same way, look at its and it's unnatural. It's a natural proclivity.
It's a natural desire that we all have an Christians reason God gave that to us. So this is how I seek to fulfill that Paul corrects that and says the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord and the Lord for the body and God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power, do not 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 remember there was that temple outside of Corinth temple of Aphrodite that are prostitutes priestesses were coming down into town at night. Men were indulging themselves. That was very common practice may be some in the church that they had the ability to do that so foods for the body body for food she's equating that with sexuality and that no Jesus died for you. You belong to him. He'll say he bought with the price. So glorify God in your body.
Sex is God-given to gift to good idea to great idea.
God gave us but because it is God-given. It must be God governed everything that is God-given must also be God governed God gives us things within he governs the use of those things. He didn't say just how the man you decide know God says I've decided this is how I made you so it made them, and this is what I want. This is my physis my order and and and you do it for the Lord, especially as members of the body of Christ I have. I remember having this conversation with a man who was struggling against my Christianity was a Cambridge graduate in advance science and I live with him on the kibbutz in Israel and I was sharing the gospel with them because I will not become a Christian because of the sexual negatives that the New Testament pronounces you just a front. If I do that I can't have all the fun that I'm used to have. And I remember him saying no, I don't know why God is so negative. I said Tony you saw a sign that said keep out what would you do tonight open the door and go in. I said, but keep reading the sign with the signs and keep out danger, explosives: it's a different exactly. So when God says keep out he does it because he doesn't want you to blow yourself to smithereens sexually, morally, relationally, the negative command has a positive rationale attached to the negative command just like the sinuses keep out danger, explosives, all God's commandments that are in the negative. Have a positive rationale because God loves you and he made you and that which is God-given must be God governed is why never thought of it that way and about six months later he gave me a call.
He had read a book that I given the many was very humble on the other end of the phone. He said I just want you to know I've given my life to Christ and is the best decision I've ever made. Do you not know verse 15, your bodies are members of Christ. Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot certainly not or do not know that he was joined a harlot is one body with her for notice. The quote from the Old Testament did to. He says shall become one flesh, but he was joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. What is he doing is quoting Genesis is going back to the creation account when God put man and woman on the earth, and he said for this reason a man will leave his father or mother be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So got established separation permanence unity and then intimacy the man and his wife were naked and they were not ashamed. That's what is quoting from going all the way back to that anything what went when two people get involved sexually there actually becoming one with each other and what a person goes out and is loose with somebody other than his permanent mate he is giving a piece of his soul, away to others. He's diminishing himself. He's not gaining anything but. So he says, verse 18 flee sexual immorality.
Every sin that a man kit a commits is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you. By the way, if you're wondering, there's only one reason that the New Testament allows for divorce and that is adultery because of this truth, the oneness bond is broken when a person has sexual relations with somebody other than husband and wife. When that happens, the oneness bond that was intended to be permanent is now broken that person becomes one flesh with another person and for that reason that such a profound disruption that that becomes the only allowable biblical rationale for divorce do not know verse 19. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, you are not your own. As you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are not that Skip the message from the series expound first coming right now we want to let you know about a special opportunity pursue biblical studies in a way that works with your schedule going to church is a great way to learn about God. But what if you want to learn more deeper. Calvin College offers classes in biblical studies courses like worldview apologetics learn how to defend your faith on your schedule evening classes on campus for online transfer credits to Calvary Chapel University Veritas international diversity for an accredited college degree that will impact your spiritual life for the rest of your life. Apply now it Calvary church college.com.
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