19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Or do you not know
Paul calls attention to something important by the phrase “do you not know.” This verse shows why sinning with the body is distinctly different from other sins – immorality defiles the temple of the Holy Spirit, the body of the believer.
that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
Paul contrasts the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit with the Temple of Aphrodite at Corinth. The temple is a place of worship. The proprietor of the temple of the body of the believer is the Holy Spirit, “who is in you.” Our bodies, therefore, belong to God and are not for our disposal. They are to be used for the purpose for which God designed them. Before a person becomes a Christian, her body is nothing more than a shack; but at conversion her body becomes a cathedral, a temple.
whom you have from God,
The believer receives the Holy Spirit at the point of salvation (Ephesians 1:13, 14). The Holy Spirit seals his eternal salvation immediately at the point of initial salvation. The word “from” emphasizes the supernatural origin of the indwelling Holy Spirit in us.
and you are not your own?
God owns us and not we ourselves. We have no right to do with our bodies what we wish, for they are not our own.
Romans 14; 8For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
For you were bought at a price;
Jesus paid the price for our sins at Calvary. His blood was the purchase price. This caused a change in rights of ownership. The Greek word for “bought” denotes a ransom. Jesus delivered us from our sin by purchasing the price of our sin by shedding His blood. Jesus met all the holy demands of God’s justice by this payment.
Acts 20:28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
1 Peter 1:18 …knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit,
Giving God the glory for the ransom for sin is a matter of gratitude and not a matter of obligation.
which are God’s.
God owns the rights to our bodies. That is why we glorify Him with our bodies.
God is the proprietor of our bodies and therefore owns the rights to our bodies.
God does not dwell in an auditorium but in the body of the believer. A building is not the sanctuary; believers are the sanctuary.
We do not have the right to do with our bodies what we wish. If we borrow our neighbor’s car, we take care not to abuse it. We do not take a chance with someone else’s property. Jesus paid for us as the highest Bidder. Our body is now His, so He says, “Hand it over; it’s mine now.” If we purchase something from the store and wait for the delivery to come but it never comes, we get agitated about that. We paid for it so we deserve to get it. “Jesus paid it all, all to Him we owe.” Some of us have never handed over our bodies to the Lord although we have been Christians for ten years. We have not delivered the goods. Isn’t it about time? God reserves the right to your body.