For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
– 1 Corinthians 6:20
I don’t answer to myself anymore. I don’t even own myself. My being–heart, mind, body, was purchased on the cross. What was the price? The price was God’s own Son, Jesus. Second Corinthians 5:21 says Christ became sin for us even though he didn’t know what sin was. He had never, has never, and will never experience sinning. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death. Christ became sin, he bore the wage of death and used that as a ransom for my soul to escape from death and hell. He bought me–not from a posh shopping center, but from a dirty, stinking, ghetto, white-trash garage sale. I was the item in the corner, tattered and beaten down, almost thrown away and unrecycled. Christ bought me with a price, not because I was worth anything, but because by his grace he wanted to make me worth something (2 Cor. 3:4-6).
So, if I am a purchased vessel, a bought slave, I must be obedient to my master and use my members for righteousness. My body must be used to glorify God–for there is no other option. I was bought as an enemy, a rebel, a fugitive. Now, I am alive in Christ, no longer dead in my sins. “He who washed us with his blood has brought us nigh to God.” Near to God, there must only be obedience and love for righteousness and a utter contempt for wickedness.
I must glorify God in my body, because I was bought with a price.