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ONE YEAR BIBLE

17 October, 2018

Daily Devotional

By The Jesus Bible

MEMBERS OF CHRIST

Though some draw a sharp distinction between the spiritual and the physical, God made humanity neither a soulless body nor a body-less soul. Instead, God made humans as spiritual and physical creatures, integrating both in a complex whole that cannot be divided. Therefore, that which a human being does physically directly affects their spirituality, and vice versa.

While the fall of humanity in Genesis 3 perverted every aspect of creation, the created order should never be described as evil in its essence. If the Bible considered creation evil, Jesus could not have become human in the incarnation. Jesus did not come as a mirage, but instead he took on human flesh (Jn 1:14). Coming as a man, Jesus reconciled all things — the spiritual and the physical — to himself on the cross (Col 1:20). Because of this, the physical aspects of creation — including our bodies — can be directed toward good or evil (Ro 6:5 – 7).

This passage indicates that salvation created unity to such a degree that believers actually become members of Christ himself (1Co 6:15). Paul described the corporate body of Christ as a temple of the Holy Spirit. God did not purchase the believer’s body at a discount store for a small price; he purchased each person on the cross at the cost of his Son’s life. Therefore, the Christian is to honor God spiritually with their physical body (v. 20).

Jesus, help me to honor you with my physical body. Help me to make decisions that glorify you. Amen.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Chapter 6
19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

John 1:14

Chapter 1
14 The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Colossians 1:20

Chapter 1
20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross.

Romans 6:5-7

Chapter 6
5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection; 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.