Job 19 & 1 Corinthians 6

Job 19

    Then Job answered and said:

    “How long will you torment me
        and break me in pieces with words?
    These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
        are you not ashamed to wrong me?
    And even if it be true that I have erred,
        my error remains with myself.
    If indeed you magnify yourselves against me
        and make my disgrace an argument against me,
    know then that God has put me in the wrong
        and closed his net about me.
    Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
        I call for help, but there is no justice.
    He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
        and he has set darkness upon my paths.
    He has stripped from me my glory
        and taken the crown from my head.
    He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,
        and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
    He has kindled his wrath against me
        and counts me as his adversary.
    His troops come on together;
        they have cast up their siege ramp against me
        and encamp around my tent.
    “He has put my brothers far from me,
        and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
    My relatives have failed me,
        my close friends have forgotten me.
    The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
        I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
    I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
        I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
    My breath is strange to my wife,
        and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.
    Even young children despise me;
        when I rise they talk against me.
    All my intimate friends abhor me,
        and those whom I loved have turned against me.
    My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
        and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
    Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
        for the hand of God has touched me!
    Why do you, like God, pursue me?
        Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
    “Oh that my words were written!
        Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
    Oh that with an iron pen and lead
        they were engraved in the rock forever!
    For I know that my Redeemer lives,
        and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
    And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
        yet in my flesh I shall see God,
    whom I shall see for myself,
        and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
        My heart faints within me!
    If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’
        and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’
    be afraid of the sword,
        for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
        that you may know there is a judgment.”

(Job 19 ESV)

1 Corinthians 6

    When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

(1 Corinthians 6 ESV)

1 Corinthians 6: The Corinthian culture seemed to have a popular slogan or expression towards life that said, “All things are lawful for me.” Today, our American culture has developed a similar expression which says something like, “You only live once so do whatever makes you happy.” A study of history would prove that today’s sin is nothing new under the sun. Our culture hasn’t reached new heights of rebelliousness; we’ve just repackaged the same ole’ rebellion. The Corinthians in the first century and Americans in the twenty-first century have both bought into the lie that man ought to be the center of his own universe.

How easily do we forget that we are not our own but belong to God?

“For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14).

How easily do we forget that we are literally the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit?

Accommodating and aligning our lives in accordance with our self-interests is taking the pathway to self-destruction. Instead, we ought to construct our lives in a manner that is accommodating to the Holy Spirit. What if we lived daily with an awareness that the very presence of God literally dwells within the depths of our soul? An awareness of the Spirit’s presence would crush our desires for selfish pursuits.  

Contrary to the way in which most of us tend to live and feel, we are not our own. We were bought with an extraordinary price. May we honor the house of our Lord. May we glorify God with the way that we use and display every aspect of our bodies.