Sexual sin is an evil master. Paul is trying to help this thriving church to understand that such sin will destroy it. He starts the thought with one of the most liberating principles of the Bible; I can do anything I want, BUT not everything is beneficial, and you should not allow that “anything” to master you!
Then Paul talks about food and about sexual sin. Eating and sex are two of the strongest drivers in anyone’s life. Personally, as I am on my health journey to lose weight that I have lost too many times to count, I realize how easy it is to be mastered by my stomach. In Philippians 3, Paul speaks of enemies of the faith and says their GOD is their stomach…Paul’s point is not to tell us to join weight watchers, Noom, or Keto; instead, it is simply to remind us that at our base we are easily swayed by our hungers.
Sexual sin is the same. So many people destroy their lives for the pleasure of sexual sin. Adultery , pornography, and other forms of sexual sin have literally objectified all people. It is no longer simply objectifying women, but the world has made all people objects of pleasure no matter their sex, their age, or their place in society. That objectification has also devalued human life and family.
The selfish desire to meet these most base of pleasures has become a multi-trillion-dollar industry and has crumbled the very foundations of our once solid and united society. We have so confused things, that our children and grandchildren have no idea what a nuclear family is. They think it is the result of a bombing by Putin!
Paul tells us that while we are under the grace of God, we must still follow the Lord and not the base pleasures of the world. Those base pleasures have and will continue to destroy all that is lasting and critical for the lives of our nation, our families, and ourselves. Jesus said it best, “Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and all the other things will be added to you!” Matthew 6:33
God Bless You
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 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! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.