Devotional/Reflection: It is a common thing in our culture to claim that we define the boundaries of our own life. It is also common to find our identity in something artificial, like our job, our status, or our sexuality. But Paul, along with the rest of Scripture, makes clear that we are not our own. Not only have we been created by God, but we have been bought with a price–an infinitely costly price, the life of Jesus. Paul points out in 1 Corinthians 6 that the Corinthian church has been finding their identity in the present age and their supposed rights, rather than the age to come. Paul likewise reminds them that they ought not to practice sexual immorality and a number of other sins that characterized who they were before Christ. Their lives should look different. They are no longer those who will not inherit the kingdom, but rather through the blood of Christ they are part of a new kingdom. Our lives should be characterized by actions that look like citizens of a new kingdom, with behaviors that manifest our identity is found in the one who has washed, sanctified, justified, and bought us with his own blood.
- In what are you tempted to place your identity?
- Do you ever find yourself saying things like, “I deserve this”? How might statements like this relate to Paul’s point here?
- How can we ensure that our lives manifest the fact that we have been purchased by the blood of Christ?
Scripture Memory: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”–1 Corinthians 6:11