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Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. – 1st Corinthians 6:13b-14

“THE HUMAN BODY is … created for spiritual life in the kingdom of God and to be honored—indeed, glorified—in that context. But when taken out of that context and made the central focus of human experience and endeavor, it is betrayed—robbed of the spiritual resources meant to sustain its life and proper functioning—and in turn it then betrays those who center their life on it.

The sense of this betrayal is what lies at the heart of youth worship in Western societies.

It also is the source of the fear, shame, disgust, and even the anger directed at fat, old age (or just aging), and death and dying that dominate our culture.

An outlook focused entirely on the body finds the body’s failure and cessation to be, of course, the ultimate insult from which there is no recovery.

You have to understand this if you want to understand Western life and culture” – Dallas Willard1

– fritz

1 – Renovation of the Heart, NavPress, copyright 1992, page 184

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[T]he very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1st Thessalonians 5:23

It is a mistake to believe God is only interested in our “soul”.

God created us spirit, soul, and body1 in his image2 and for a reason. One should presume the original intent has not been changed, only delayed, by humanity’s obstinance.

Jesus came to preserve the whole person and fulfill God’s design in us. Submitted to God, our bodies are holy and pleasing3 to him and he has a divine purpose for them.

Take care of your body, God has a use for it.

– fritz
1 – Genesis 2:7 – “breath” and “spirit” are the word in Hebrew
2 – Genesis 1:26
3 – Romans 12:1

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“[O]ffer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God …. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:1a, 2a

I enjoy TV shows like “This Old House”. They start out with a damaged, worn down, obsolete house then , piece by piece and with the help of the owner, transform it into something valuable.   Still recognizable on the outside, the inside has become very livable.

God does something similar with our bodies.

We start out in sad shape, full of sin and strife, hangups and phobias, broken relationships – you name it.   God purchases us 1 and begins piece by piece to transform us, with our cooperation, into something valuable.

We are usually still recognizable on the outside, but the inside becomes very livable for both him and us.

– fritz
1 – Acts 20:28

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