Lawful, but not Expedient

1Corinthians 6:12-16 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God has both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know you not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, said he, shall be one flesh. 

‘Expedient’ [Greek: sumphero] profitable (1Cor. 6:12; John 11:50; 16:7; Acts 20:20).

‘I will not be brought under the power of any.’ I will not tolerate any thing to control me or have authority over me that is not profitable (1Cor. 9:27). If the heart of any man who hears the gospel is veiled it is definite that he is lost and fully under the power of sin and satan. Those who refuse to hear the gospel are proper subjects for Satan’s work to increase the darkness and hardness of the heart (2Cor. 4:3-4).

‘God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord…’ This is the 8th New Testament prophecy in 1 Corinthians unfulfilled. It will be fulfilled after the Millennium when there will be no more rot. Food will be consumed for pleasure and will not be a necessity to stay alive. The thought of this verse is that God has made appetite for food and food for appetite, yet He has not made the body for immoral acts, “but for the Lord.”

‘And God has both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.’ God has resurrected Jesus as a guarantee that He will also raise us up – at the rapture – by His own power, so that we may enjoy Him and serve Him forever. In general, anyone or any doctrine that denies Jesus’ physical death, burial, and bodily resurrection to the right hand of the Father is certainly not of God, but of satan.

‘For two, said he, shall be one flesh.’ Quoted from Genesis 2:24. Ephesians 5:31 says “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” ‘Joined unto’ [Greek: proskollao] glue on to; cemented to.

‘One flesh’ – to become one in unity and striving for the same purpose. When God looks at a married couple He sees and blesses them as one family. That is why it is so important for a man to leave his parents; otherwise, he shall never become the head and leader of his household.

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