1Cor 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own, for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I was thinking and sort of meditating on the word this morning and I felt that I should write a little something for you today. I want to focus on a few key words in the scripture above.
“And you are not your own for you are bought with a price.”
Let that soak in for a moment. YOU and everything that IS YOU does not belong to YOU once you are in Christ. Paul doubles down on that statement in the very next sentence.
” Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. “
In 1 Corinthians 7 he says it again:
1Cor 7:23 You are bought with a price, do not be the slaves of men.
You are bought with a price…
This post will be short, but I want you to have some food for thought. Many people have no concept at all about what it means to be bought with a price. I will give you a modern day equivalent that happens every day in business.
If you were to approach me about buying my business, we would eventually settle on a price and a date would be assigned in escrow that says, as of this date and time, ownership passed from me to you in exchange for monetary consideration e.g. the price. Once the price is paid and the escrow closes, my business is no longer mine. It is 100% yours. The assets are yours, including the furniture and equipment, bank accounts and even my receivables. It’s all yours. You also get all of my liabilities. The electric bills are yours now, the lease for the building is yours now. All of the business liabilities are also yours. The reason? My business was bought with a price. You bought it. It would be ILLEGAL for me to go collecting the receivables for that business. Even though I was the one who earned the income, I can’t collect. I did the work. It was owed to me. I should be able to collect what is rightfully mine, right? That’s just it, it isn’t mine any more. It’s yours. Only you can collect. Only you can discount it. The debt is owed to you now, not me. You paid for it. My friend, so it is in Christ. When you received Christ, you traded your life for his. He paid the price for you on the cross. He paid for ALL of you including the “debts” that people “owe” you. I put those two words in quotes for a reason. They aren’t real debts that we see in the natural realm like someone borrowing fifty dollars and never paying it back (although those could be included also). I am speaking figuratively. These are the hurts and wounds that you may have suffered throughout your life, and deep down, you feel these people owe you something. They hurt you and you want them to pay. Some of these may be from long ago and the hurt of it is buried deep within you. In your mind, it may be long forgotten. But in your heart, the hurt is still fresh. These are the “debts” I am referring to. These are no longer yours to collect and you must forgive. Jesus spoke of this in the parable of the unforgiving servant.
Mat 18:21-35 Then Peter came to Him and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Until seven times? v22 Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven. v23 Therefore the kingdom of Heaven has been compared to a certain king who desired to make an accounting with his servants. v24 And when he had begun to count, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. v25 But as he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded that he, and his wife and children, and all that he had, be sold, and payment be made. v26 Then the servant fell down and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay you all. v27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. v28 But the same servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. And he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what you owe. v29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, Have patience with me and I will pay you all. v30 And he would not, but went and cast him into prison until he should pay the debt. v31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry. And they came and told their lord all that was done. v32 Then his lord, after he had called him, said to him, O wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. v33 Should you not also have pitied your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you? v34 And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was due to him. v35 So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also to you, unless each one of you from your hearts forgive his brother their trespasses.
He paid a huge price for you on the cross. He redeemed you. He purchased you back from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his dear son. He forgave all of your sin. All of it. He completely forgave you. Because of this great forgiveness that you have received, can you do any less than forgive those who have wronged you? For you to NOT forgive is called wicked! It’s right there in red letters in verse 32. The unforgiving servant was called a “wicked servant.” This servant’s actions angered the king and the wicked servant was “delivered” to the “tormentors.” The word used for “delivered” is the Greek word paradidomi. In this context, it is isn’t in the active voice. Perhaps a better translation might be “reluctantly delivered.” He doesn’t want to, but has to… it’s the law. Where does He deliver this wicked servant? To the TORMENTORS. The tormentors are one who cause torment. To torment means to treat evilly with pain and torture. Well, who does that sound like? A loving God? Nope. Angels? Nope. These are demons. He was to be given to the tormentors until he should pay what was due him (the king). He goes on to say that “likewise shall My heavenly Father do also to you, unless each one of you from your hearts forgive his brother their trespasses.” Let that soak in for a moment. He is describing Kingdom operation here. The law of the Kingdom is to love. There is no love without forgiveness. When you fail to forgive, you are going outside of the Kingdom. You are saying, “Sorry, this part of me is still mine. I refuse to give you everything you paid for. I’m going to collect what is owed to me!” The problem is, that debt isn’t yours to collect. The Kingdom doesn’t work that way and He is forced to allow you to be tormented. He doesn’t want you to be imprisoned. He wants you to be free. Please focus you attention to verse 34. How long was this wicked servant to be tormented? “… until he should pay all that was due to him.” What was due to him? In my example from business it would be the debts that someone is trying to collect on. In the parable, he has to pay for his own sins. In the New Testament, we just need to acknowledge our sin and receive the payment made by Christ and then hand him those debts we are still trying to collect. In short, we must forgive. But, we must forgive from our heart not just our mind. We can say the words and still harbor that anger for the wrongs done long ago.
My friend, are you struggling in your life? Is there someone that has hurt you and you just can’t let it go? Perhaps there are situations or tests that you keep finding yourself in and you keep making the same mistakes over and over. Perhaps you find yourself exploding over something small. You find yourself having a nuclear reaction to a popgun situation. My friend, these are signs of unforgiveness that is buried deep within your heart. Your heart is speaking. In fact, it may be screaming “I am HURT!” This happens when you are in a situation that somehow looks like, feels like, tastes like or smells like something that happened long ago that caused you hurt. Take a moment to pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what the cause of this is. Ask Him “Why am I reacting this way?” or “What is the cause of this?” If you come to him in earnest, honestly seeking, he will answer you. He may speak clearly to you. He may show you an image of what happened. You may have what seems like a movie of what happened (an open vision). He may show you in a dream. He will get the message to you. Sometimes, we are so tangled up in these things that we need some help. I did. I needed lots of help to get these things sorted out. There is no shame if you need help. At the end of this post, I will put some links to some resources that may help you. Here’s the good news, as you do this, you will hear God clearer in your life. You may experience physical healing. I did. God has healed me in many ways. Most recently, I have been healed of a thyroid condition. I no longer take the medication that I have been taking for years. My friend, God loves you more than you can possibly imagine. Take that step. he’s waiting to hear from you right now.
I will be returning to my previous topic shortly. Until then, may God’s richest blessings be yours in Christ today and every day.
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