You Are Not Your Own

“For you were bought at a price…”

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul, the Apostle that was knocked to the ground by the blinding Presence of King Jesus, says, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Can you accept this truth, this fact, that “you are not your own”? The reason is that God says, “you were bought at a price”. What was the “price”? The Apostle Peter, whom Jesus invited to walk on the water with Him, wrote in his first book, “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed (bought) with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

So, the “price” was “the precious blood of Christ”. This is why you are “not your own”. You therefore do not have the right to do with yourself what you wish. I myself did not have the right to dream and fantasize about subjecting this body to surgery, hormones, depilation, and more.

It is very well worth your time to think of Jesus Christ’s atoning work, redemptive work, on the cross (see the page “Glory in the Cross”). If you think that you chose Him, that you’re the one who decided to come to Christ, please think again in light of what the Scriptures say. Jesus says in John 15, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” So, you did not choose Jesus, but He chose you.

God commanded Moses to have the people of Israel remember the Passover. When the people were in bondage in Egypt, one of the signs that the LORD performed was to have the angel of death pass over the Egyptians and the Israelites. The Israelites were forewarned, that if they used hyssop to paint the blood of the sacrificial lambs on their doorposts and lintels, the angel of death would “pass over” their homes and their firstborn sons would not die. Jesus has applied His precious blood to the door of your heart. He is the Lamb of God.