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The Consequences Of Sexual Immorality

Dec 10, 2023 | Sunday Devotional

1 Corinthians 6:9-20  “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Also let’s look another passage of the Bible to explore deeper.

Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

In our text 1Co 6:11

The Evangel preached by St. Paul works miracles. It acted in some measure on all ranks of society; it even saved the waifs and strays of heathen cities like Rome, Ephesus, and Corinth. Men sometimes ask for ethics, for morality to be preached. But such preaching has been tried and it has failed over and over again. It softens no hearts, saves no souls, transforms no lives. Our subject divides itself.

  1. There is the former state of these people.—They had been fornicators, adulterers, and such like. The very hand of the devil had been on them.
  2. Now think of their present condition.

is any one so physically handsome as when he or she is saying, or doing, or thinking something of love or kindness. The real beauty of ‘the temple’ after all is its consecration. It is the spirit which is the beauty.

  1. What a sacred thing it would be if we always carried with us the thought and the feeling: ‘I am a consecrated being. I am a being set apart for the sake of religion. This beauty of mine is the temple.’ How horrible some sins would look! How inconsistent and how out of place some of our amusements! A temple! the shrine of God here! the shrine of God doing this! What a strength and comfort, what an armour, if we can realise anything of these holy exercises in the conflict with evil! In prayer—‘I am a temple. Poor, weak, miserable sinner as I am, I am consecrated by my baptism—by my own surrender of myself—by the holiness within me. I am dedicate! I am Thine, O Lord; I have appropriated Thee. The structure may be ever so unworthy, but I am a temple.’ Oh! how holy would that man’s life become! how the tongue would speak! how the mind would think! how the heart would beat! ‘It is all a temple! Thine, Lord! And all I say, and all I do, and all I feel, it comes to Thine earthly temple, and goes up to Thine heavenly temple.’

‘What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?’

1Co 6:19

The beauty of the temple of the body, its real beauty, reflects entirely the inner life of the man. What are features, however delicately formed, without expression? And what makes the expression which we love and admire? What, but thoughts, real thoughts.

thought? What is the body? A thing to mortify; a thing to keep down; a thing almost to be forgotten, if not to be despised; a mere clog. In all this there is an extravagance.’

DIVINE OWNERSHIP

‘Ye are not your own.’

1Co 6:19

As Christians we are no longer our own. Jesus has acquired by His blood all rights of ownership over us. This is the great truth I desire to press upon you most earnestly and most affectionately, until it lays hold of your whole natures and exerts its true influence in your daily lives.

  1. Ownership demands submission.—If ownership confers any privilege upon a man, it is surely the right to command with the certainty of being obeyed. And if we as Christians are the absolute possession and property of Jesus Christ, bought with His own life’s blood, it is His lawful prerogative to command and control every act and thought of our entire lives. It is His to speak and ours to obey. It is His to rule and ours to submit.
  2. Ownership is a pledge of protection.—We are ever ready to guard our own possessions. No man would refuse to draw the sword in defence of hearth and home. Our treasures are made as secure as lock and key can make them. The more we value them the more carefully we devise the means to ensure their perfect safety. And shall not Christ protect the Church which He has purchased with His own life’s blood?

RELIGIOUS USE OF THE BODY

‘Glorify God in your body.’

1Co 6:20

‘From the crown of the head to the sole of the foot’ there is not a part of our frame which may not be the embodiment of spiritual things, or the means for religious service.

  1. The very hairs remind me of the tender care of my God for me, for are not all those hairs ‘numbered’?
  2. The eyes, are they not inlets wherewith I may first take into my very heart and soul all the wonderful and beautiful works of God in nature and providence, and the written Word of His grace? And then by bright and loving looks spread peace and happiness? How much of Satan, how much of Christ, there may be in the look of the eye! The eyes are very eloquent. Remember the use and the power given to them, and ‘glorify God’ with your eyes.

III. And the mouth!—What action the mouth has for sin and self-indulgence, or self-denial and careful moderation for Christ’s sake! Be careful, when you bring your religion to your mouth, that you ‘glorify God’ with your appetites or your government of the appetites. Those are very strong words of Solomon. Are they too strong? They are the words of a man of great experience: ‘Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties.

THE MYSTERIES OF SEX

In the Church, we act as though sex does not exist and as if we do not have moment of sexual desires. The average Christian boy or girl is sexual knowledgeable with what he or she reads, sees or hears, so in most cases it us difficult getting our minds from the issue of sex. Those who mention sexual desire are regarded as non-spiritual, which everything at work, at schools, Television, Internet, Radio, and what they read echoes “YES” to “SEX”. Religious bodies say little things on the issues of premarital and extramarital sex. I believe most youths lose their Virginity because they have no compelling reasons not to do so:  Just to say that  Formication and Adultery and Homosexuality and Liesbianism is a “SIN”  and any person involved in this practice will end up in “HELL FIRE” is not yet a enough reasons for some people to stop the practice of unlawful sex. ” Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,

For this reason God gave them up to vile passion. For even their women exchange the natural use for what is against nature.

Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, 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.” (  Romans 1:24,26-27 ) NKJV.

In today’s world that considers casual sex to be a moral right and proof of manhood, the Church talks about sexual sin, but gives no believable alternative to singles on how not to have sex. The Church couldn’t present real alternative to what the world could offer.  The world has offered ” Safe Sex ” ( Condom ). What has the Church offered as an alternative?

That is why am preaching this message to those now. We are leaving in a time when the youths and most adults who indulge in premarital and extramarital sex do not know the consequences of their acts. Many have failed to understand that sex is more than the physical act: it is experienced both in the physical and spiritual. It involves the soul, body and spirit union. It could also bind one for life. The incredible consequences of the supposedly casual affair are so great that it’s pleasure can not be equaled or compared to it’s destruction. Many homes and lives have been destroyed because of the indulgence in casual sex affair, the life transfer at every sex act has considered consequences. Promiscuity outside marriage scatters the soul and destroys the ability of the individual to be committed to one partner. It leaves behind a little bit of every partner in his lover. God design it that way to bring about ” One flesh Union with your mate “. The Bible said in 1 Corinthians 6:16-18 ” What? know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? For two said he shall be one flesh.

Flee fornication, every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

And in Genesis 2:24 ” Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall be one flesh.”

In every sexual intercourse there is a blood covenant established or reaffirmed; there are also life transfer of demons and course’s and it’s has spiritual implications. The best contraceptive is ” ABSTINENCE ” and not ” CONDOM “.

WHAT IS SEX 

Sex is one of God’s beautiful to man. It is not evil, It is a gift of God our creator. Sex is the expression of your inner oneness. It is God’s  chosen way of expressing deep intimate relationship between husband and wife. Sex is the live wire which produces the current of love, tenderness and openness. Sex is a covenant made between the husband and his wife, and when used wisely and appropriately it helps to deepen and strengthen marital love. In actual sense, sexual union between husband and wife gives deeper expression to their love for each other. It is a language of expression of their love for each other. Sex is a language that expresses a deeper love. Sex is an ultimate means of communication, without words. It communicates companionship, oneness and intimacy unshared on any other level. There is no greater unifying way of communication between couples than the act of lovemaking. It is also an expression of human personality. Sex is a peculiar bod which connects couple’ love together. Sex is an expression of deep feeling that involves the soul. It is being one in the soul and the body, it is more than just a physical pleasure experienced, it portrays a much deeper soul relationship. It is a ” One Flesh ” sexual union. It has a binding, unifying, and enriching influence on a couple. God made us sexual beings and sexuality is  God’s design for man ( Gen. 2:24-25 ). Like everything else in life, there is a good use of sex as well as a misuse. God confines all expressions of sex to marriage. Anything outside of marriage, or before marriage is condemned and forbidden by God Almighty. But the mutually satisfying of sex within marriage is the fulfilment of God’s purpose in creating man. Conversely, extramarital sex is an expression of betrayal of trust and moral  indiscipline and the violation of marital vows.

To purity and chastity, v. 4. Here you have, 1. A recommendation of God’s ordinance of marriage, that it is honourable in all, and ought to be so esteemed by all, and not denied to those to whom God has not denied it. It is honourable, for God instituted it for man in paradise, knowing it was not good for him to be alone. He married and blessed the first couple, the first parents of mankind, to direct all to look unto God in that great concern, and to marry in the Lord. Christ honoured marriage with his presence and first miracle. It is honourable as a means to prevent impurity and a defiled bed. It is honourable and happy, when persons come together pure and chaste, and preserve the marriage bed undefiled, not only from unlawful but inordinate affections. 2. A dreadful but just censure of impurity and lewdness: Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (1.) God knows who are guilty of such sins, no darkness can hide them from him. (2.) He will call such sins by their proper names, not by the names of love and gallantry, but of whoredom and adultery, whoredom in the single state and adultery in the married state. (3.) He will bring them into judgment, he will judge them, either by their own consciences here, and set their sins in order before them for their deep humiliation (and conscience, when awakened, will be very severe upon such sinners), or he will set them at his tribunal at death, and in the last day; he will convict them, condemn them, and cast them out for ever, if they die under the guilt of this sin.

May the Lord bless you and keep you now and forever Amen!!!

The Rev’d Engr Vincent Ifeanyi Nweke
Nike Diocese
nwekevincent38@gmail.com

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