Revamping the Body
by Jonathan Bailey
2 Corinthians 4:10
we are…always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
The body is central in our journey of Christlikeness. It is where we interact with natural reality and experience life. The body is an amazing creation that God has given us and it will by the grace of God serve you in the process of spiritual formation.
Infected & Saturated
The bottom line is this: our body is infected and saturated with sin. We don’t have to think about sinning, it just naturally flows out of us. It’s never a fun subject to talk about, but if you will examine your own life, you will find that sin is there and it is not easily corraled. One authors says, “Our body is prepared to do what is wrong in almost every circumstance.” Paul tells us that our body naturally in the condition of sin is alive to, immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. What does all of this mean? Paul tells us, idolatry. Idolatry? Why does Paul crescendo with idolatry? It is because we want to be god. We have our own agenda. We want to satisfy every desire, so we feel good, or look good. In a very unconscious way we set ourselves up as the ultimate point of reference. This is absoulutely disastrous for us, and this is where Jesus’ gospel comes int play.
The Point of the Cross
A very important time in my life is when I finally understood the primary purpose of the cross and crucifixion of Jesus. I was reading a radical and hopeful book by Rob Bell entitled, Velvet Elvis. This statement I will never forget: “The point of the cross isn’t forgiveness. Forgiveness leads to something much bigger: restoration.”