Since I am recovering from a little cold this weekend, the body is on my
mind! This week, our "no commentary" devotional will look at some of what
the Bible has to say about our physical bodies. As always, this is not meant
to be exhaustive.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NASB) Flee immorality. Every other
sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against
his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the
Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your
own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your
1 Corinthians 15:50-53 (NASB) Now I say this, brethren,
that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable
inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep,
but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the
imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Romans 8:22-23 (NASB) For we know that the whole creation
groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only
this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even
we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as
sons, the redemption of our body.
Luke 12:22-26 (NASB) And He said to His disciples, "For
this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will
eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than
food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they
neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds
them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! and which of you
by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? If then you cannot
do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?
1 Timothy 5:23 (NASB) No longer drink water exclusively,
but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
1 Timothy 4:8 (NASB) For physical training is of some
value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful
and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the
present life and also for the life which is to come.
Romans 14:13-16 (NASB) Therefore let us not judge one
another anymore, but rather determine this--not to put an obstacle or a stumbling
block in a brother's way. I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that
nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean,
to him it is unclean. For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are
no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for
whom Christ died.