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8REL 102 FINAL STUDY GUIDELectures on 1stCorinthians, Philippians, Colossians (3:18-4:1), 1 Timothy & Titus, Jude, 2 Peter, 1 Peter, 1/2/3 John, Revelation – including the following focal points:1 Corinthians 6-7 – Sex and Marriage in the Christian ContextCorinthians have this notion that there souls have already been saved, so they can do whatever they want with their bodiessay all things are permissible, but Paul says not all things are beneficialGod: The body is not for sexual immorality, but the Lord is for the body, and the body is for the LordThe body belongs to the Lord because Jesus gave his bodyGod cares about you, when he raises your soul and your body → body will ultimately return to GodPaul: no human where body & soul are separateCorinthians argue:“All things are permissible to me”but not all things are helpful“All things are permissible to me”but I will not let anything have power over me“Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food and God will destroy both.”but the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and for the LordPaul: the one united to the Lord is one spirit with himPaul: sex act is not just casual, every time you have sex you too become one in flesh--effects the personPerson practicing sexual immorality sins against his own bodyDo you know know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirits, who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own? You were bought with a price; therefore, honor God in your bodyGod doesn’t care about depriving you, but loving youGod gave to you, so he’s asking for your body in returnHe asks for your body because he gave you his bodyWhat Paul is saying to Christians:Our bodies matter - supremelyChrist gave himself not just for our souls but for our bodies (“the body is is for the Lord, the Lord is for the body”)sexual immorality is wrong because it is sin committed against that for which Christ dies and that in which God’s Spirit residesWe are not our own. We were bought with a price and therefore are obliged to honor God as he has honored us withour bodiessex is always powerful- marriage
8the two shall be one flesh (gen 2:24) – sex alters the identity of those involved. This is the way God created it and why he created it for marriage“let each man have his own wife and let each woman have her own husband….”Mutual responsibility between husband & wifePaul views marriage as a partnership; 100%/100%Marriage is a vocationMarriage is powerful, needs to be done, but in the right contextonly marriage provides the basis for the trust and security necessary to harness the power of sexPhilippians 2:5-11 and its relationship to the rest of the letter (purpose of letter, Paul’s example)Philippians 2:5-11In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:6 Who, being in very nature[a]God,did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing

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