For every act is, at first, a thought. The problem with the Corinthians was that they didn’t know. No distinction is made in the narrative. II. Why, He to whom you belong.2. They will not let the things of God circle their brains, stimulate their lives, or influence their conduct. Let not your backwardness in presenting your bodies unto God betray any want of love and gratitude and honour. To glorify God is to take the convictions which come from right thinking and to turn them into aspirations. And do we need any kind of mark or stamp on our body to tell us who made it? Withhold not your voice, but sing for Jesus, or speak for Him, if you can, &c.2. All these get credit for what they have done. For He hath been pleased so graciously to intwist His glory and ours together, that, whilst we endeavour to promote the one, we do but indeed promote the other (1 Samuel 2:30).(E. What spiritual eye can see men poor in spirit, and heirs of the kingdom, meek and inheriting the earth, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and filled with the Spirit; merciful, and monuments of mercy; pure in heart, and hoping to see God; persecuted for righteousness' sake, and anticipating glory and honour; reviled and persecuted, and all manner of evil spoken against them falsely for Christ's sake; and exceeding glad of this — who can behold them as the salt of the earth, as the light of the world, and remember it is the Word of God which is the instrument of all this excellence, without knowing and feeling that the giver of every good and of every perfect gift is glorified in their spirits?IV. If you were to perish, who would be the loser? who can behold a believer walking through the valley of the shadow of death without seeing that God is glorified?(M. )How God is glorified in the bodyM. Security. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished!" v30 What is the eye? But if we were originally God's property, what need was there to buy us? Our honour lies in our owner. In your body. My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God." message. Our body, like everything else about us, was forfeited; just like a thing that has been put in pawn. If a thing is my own I may do what I like with it, but if it is entrusted to my care I must mind how I behave towards it, or else I shall be an unfaithful steward.IV. Let us endeavour to obtain a lively feeling of our obligations to the Redeemer.3. The ears should be for God, listening to nothing of which He would disapprove; and the eyes, turning away from all that He would not look upon. No distinction is made in the narrative. Bring it down from the sphere of speculation, and then send it up to the throne of God — a living flame of desire for your own personal purity in body, mind, and spirit. Anyone who does so will be *sinning "In our body," by temperance, purity, self-denial (ver. 13-20; 1 Corinthians 3:17-23).II. A part of our likeness to Christ; a part of our present being given us here to train for the services which it is to render in heaven. If you are letting your lives rust, remember you are abusing another's property, for "you are not your own," &c.(C. S. Horne, M. "Ye are not your own," &c. As to the reason of this, we may observe —(1) We did not create ourselves. Perhaps so; yet even in Corinth there were those who remained proof against contamination. It is not the demonstration of the moral law, but the preaching of Christ that prevails. On the title-page is the name of the man who wrote it; at the foot of the page, the name of the man who published it; on the other side of the page, or at the end of the book, the name of the man who printed it; on a little label inside the board at the end, the name of the man who bound it; and on another, inside the board at the beginning, the man of the man who sold it. Your whole manhood belongs to God if you are a Christian. What can more clearly show that we think ourselves our own, than PRESUMING TO DEVISE OUR OWN RELIGION? We are weak, but you are strong. Faith restores to it a more elevated guardian — self-respect as being brought by Christ the organ of the Spirit and temple of God. In your spirit. Because He made it, and made it for Himself. "Is that one of the commandments?" That we are to glorify God in our corporeal and spiritual powers respectively by exertions peculiar to each. Ought you to be a poor, wretched slave, to fear sin, death, and hell, when the Son of God took fear, sin, death, and hell into His own heart to make you free?2. But let us not forget that every human will is opposed to God till renewed by grace, and that after it has been renewed it is still rebellious. *souls. Crummell. Then on the day of judgement, when Jesus returns, God would not (3) By the nature of the sinner's bondage. Next, he was held in cords of iniquity, which no created arm could loose. Did you ever think of that word reality? Let us reflect penitently on our culpable neglect of this great duty of glorifying God.2. Reality! Next, he was held in cords of iniquity, which no created arm could loose. slave when God called you. Crummell. Is not this robbery? Benson. Suppose your father were to take some poor sick beggar-boy off the street into his house — to nurse him, and to feed him, and to do everything to make him well and strong. Meditate constantly on the character of God. The irreverence will come from taking liberties with the Divine name, perchance, for mere speculation. Take a stranger dog into your house, and feed it, and be kind to it, and before a fortnight is over, it will follow you everywhere. the cup of wine and eat the bread together. Hay Aitken.A friend of mine was having an earnest conversation upon the necessity of full consecration with a lady who professed to know Christ as her Saviour, but shrunk from yielding herself fully to Him. Let the world see what sort of men "God's own" are.(C. Nay, it lays hold upon ourselves, "Ye are not your own." But the great fault of man is that the range of his thought is temporal and carnal. And all your members! Love always —. You see, for instance, that God is good. One single paragraph from the writings of David will show you. Our bodies —(1) When we preserve them from impurity and intemperance. Bring His loving and majestic attributes vividly before you. The ears should be for God, listening to nothing of which He would disapprove; and the eyes, turning away from all that He would not look upon. And would you oppose and defeat the end of your existence? or three people should speak in a tongue. If you extirpate one affection you must introduce another into its room. But he sent his love to ‘all’ of them. "Certainly," rejoined Hillel; "if the statues of kings placed in the theatres and circuses have to be kept clean and washed, how much more ought I not to keep my body clean, since I have been created in the image of God? (c)His tormenting power shall be wholly abolished. During the French Revolution the guillotine was invented, and the first man who suffered by it was the man who invented it. In the Midrash on Leviticus 25:39, it is related that his scholars asked Hillel one day where he was going. as God’s gift. The end God had in view in purchasing us was that we might glorify Him (1 Peter 2:9). Christians should endeavour to glorify God as well by suffering affliction as by obedience. What spiritual eye can see men poor in spirit, and heirs of the kingdom, meek and inheriting the earth, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and filled with the Spirit; merciful, and monuments of mercy; pure in heart, and hoping to see God; persecuted for righteousness' sake, and anticipating glory and honour; reviled and persecuted, and all manner of evil spoken against them falsely for Christ's sake; and exceeding glad of this — who can behold them as the salt of the earth, as the light of the world, and remember it is the Word of God which is the instrument of all this excellence, without knowing and feeling that the giver of every good and of every perfect gift is glorified in their spirits?IV. You say of any of these, as you said of the money that bought it, "it is my very own. The people of God are here especially meant, who, in a peculiar sense, are not their own, but the temples of God (vers. But when the Son of God came into the world to redeem lost sinners He must lay down a ransom of blood. See that wonderful tubular bridge which stretches from Wales to Anglesea, and you will hear of its maker — Stephenson, the great engineer: it glorifies him. through its own wisdom. Suppose your father were to take some poor sick beggar-boy off the street into his house — to nurse him, and to feed him, and to do everything to make him well and strong.

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