Piper: Your Body Was Bought?

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. —1 Corinthians 6:20

John Piper asks, “What Does It Mean That Your Body Was Bought?”

When Christ paid the price for his people, he bought our bodies. So let me try to show you from this passage of God’s Word what this means. What would it mean for you if you were to accept the gift of God’s price and trust him with your life—your soul and your body?

It would mean six things.

1. For the Body, Not Against It

It means that the Lord is for the body and not against it.

Look at the very end of verse 13, “Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body.” Don’t miss that last phrase. “The Lord is for the body.”

It is easy for Christians to get the reputation that we are against the body, and that God is against the body as though its needs and appetites are evil, and the only thing it’s good for is to get sick with and, as soon as possible, to get shed of. That is not true. The Lord made the body. And the Lord is for the body. To be against the body is to be against the Lord. If you trust him, he will not be against your body, but for it. If we deny the body some craving in this life, it is because we are for it in the next.

2. The Dwelling Place of the Spirit

It would mean that your body becomes the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.

Verse 19: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?” When God bought us he did not buy us as slaves but as dwellings. His aim was not to make us work for him, but to make us full of him. “Filled with all the fullness of God” as the apostle Paul says (Ephesians 3:19).

3. Resurrection from the Dead

It means that your bodies would be raised from the dead.

Verse 14: “Now God has not only raised the Lord [Jesus], but will also raise us up through his power.” When the Bible says that God is for the body and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means God will never throw our bodies away. He will never let death have the last word.

Just as he raised Jesus from the dead and gave him an everlasting resurrection body, so he will raise our bodies from the dead and make them new and whole—with no more pain, no more deformity, no more disability, no more sexual disorientation, no more chemical imbalances, no more insomnia, no more disease of any kind. You will shine like the sun in the kingdom of your Father (Matthew 13:43).

4. Not Mastered by Anything but God

It means that you do not have to be mastered by anything but God.

Verse 12: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” Not mastered by anything. If you have been bought with a price, you do not have to be the slave of anything. You would be God’s own adopted child. Nothing could be your master. You would have the Spirit within, you would be united with Christ, you would have the hope of resurrection, and the Lord himself would be for your body—nothing could be your slave master.

5. Not Used for Immorality

You would not use your body for immorality.

Verse 13b says, “Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord.” And verse 18 says, “Flee immorality.”

And the reason for this chastity and purity would not be primarily that you might get AIDS or that you might get pregnant or that you might get caught. The reason would be that your body—male and female—has been bought with the price of the Son of God. That it belongs to him. And that you love him because he gave himself for you, and he wills your purity (Titus 2:14). He died for it.

Which leads to the final meaning of being bought with a price.

6. For the Glory of God

Your bodies are for the glory of God.

Verse 20 again: “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God with your body.”

What that means very simply is use your body in ways that will show that God is more satisfying, more precious, more to be desired, more glorious than anything the body craves.

With all my heart I commend to you the infinitely valuable Jesus Christ. He is the Father’s full and sufficient price for sinners. If you receive him, then from this day forward every time your conscience dredges up the sin of the past and says, “You will pay!” you will be able to say, “God has already paid. I have been bought with a price. I will glorify God with my body.”

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2 thoughts on “Piper: Your Body Was Bought?

  1. Thanks for this. We should do all we can to keep our bodies healthy and fit for His service and pleasure. How my body can bring glory to Him is a good thing to dwell on.

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