The central chapters of 1 Corinthians stress the importance from abstaining from sexual immorality of ay kind. throughout chapters 5-7, Paul exhorts the Corinthians to flee from all kinds of sexual sin: adultery, prostitution, lust, and more.
Now, we know that sexual immorality is wrong, and Paul could have said, “don’t do this because it is wrong.” But He doesn’t say that. Simply being wrong is not the reason that Paul commands avoidance of sexual sin. Instead, Paul appeals to the life that we now live in Christ as the basis for our abstinent lifestyle. At the close of chapter 6, Paul says this:
18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Fleeing from any sin, and especially sexual sin, is not about changing behavior. It is not about saying, “this is wrong, I’m never doing it again.” It is about living to serve and love the One to whom you belong.
You were bought with a price. Says Paul.
God owns you.
You are His.
That is why we must flee sexual immorality. Because, like God and money, no one can serve two masters. We cannot bow at the altar of sexual appetites when the God of the universe is holding our lives in His hand. We are His children, and we belong to His house. We can’t just show up at the house of sexual sin and start feasting at their dinner table as though we belong there.
We belong to the Lord and He has given us the freedom to no longer eat at the table of sexual sin. We are free to never return to that hell hole. We were bought with a price, the precious blood of Christ, and through Him, we call God our Father.
This is the motivation that Paul gives the Corinthians, and he gives it to us as well. Let us flee from sexual sin to the One who bought us out of death and into life.