The Price of Purity

Kevin DeYoung

READ : 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

. . . for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (v. 20 ESV)

Christians are not dualists. Dualism teaches that physical stuff is bad and spiritual stuff is good. But Christians believe in the resurrection of the body and the creation of a good physical world. The body is good. Food is good. Sex is good.

But good things can be badly used. Sex must be used in the right context—marriage between one man and one woman. Sexual sin is serious because our bodies are not our own. We have been redeemed by Christ and belong to him by right of purchase. Christ dwells in us by the Holy Spirit. Paul’s logic is graphic and compelling: sex is an act of bodily oneness; our bodies are members of Christ; so how could we think of joining Christ’s body with a prostitute (vv. 16-17)?

As Christians we are not opposed to sexual immorality because we are self-righteous prudes but because we believe our bodies belong to Jesus. Would Jesus’ body commit adultery? Would his body look at pornography? Would his body dress suggestively to attract attention? Would his body live in promiscuity or enter a same-sex relationship? Jesus is not pleased when his body, the church, acts in ways his body, his flesh, would never do. Conversely, God gets great glory when we flee from sexual immorality.


God, make me pure like Jesus. Amen.