Bought and Paid For

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  I Corinthians 6:19, 20

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…”  I Peter 1:15-16, 18-19

In these two passages of scripture the Bible tells us why we should be holy. First the Apostle Paul reminds us that a Christian is the temple or dwelling place of the Holy Ghost. God the Holy Ghost lives in every believer. Also the Bible says, “And ye are not your own”. You do not belong to yourself. You have been bought with a price. Your body and Spirit belong to God. Therefore, {or for this reason} we are to glorify God in our body and in our spirit. Christians do not have the freedom to do what they want. We are to glorify God with our lives because He has bought us, He is our owner.

In the second passage the Apostle Peter tells us to be holy in all manner of conversation. We use the word conversion today to express our speech or language and of course as Christians our language should be holy. But the word “conversation” in the former days meant “manner of life or our behavior”. We are to be holy because of redemption; we have been redeemed, bought with a price. Redeemed or bought and not with gold or silver or any other earthly thing. But with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells us to be Holy. The Bible tells us we belong to God. He bought or redeemed us. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. So we are to glorify God and be holy in all our manner of life or behavior.

“We must be holy, as God is holy: we must imitate him, though we can never equal him. He is perfectly, unchangeably, and eternally holy; and we should aspire after such a state. The consideration of the holiness of God should oblige as to the highest degree of holiness we can attain unto.” – Matthew Henry’s Commentary

If we have been redeemed we must try to be holy,

Brother Shawn


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