You Were Bought With a Price


1 Corinthians 6:20 reads, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” King James Version (KJV)

Translation1 Corinthians 6:20
ESVfor you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
NASBFor you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
NIVyou were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
NLTfor God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

You Were Bought With a Price: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

6:12-20 Some among the Corinthians seem to have been ready to say, All things are lawful for me. This dangerous conceit St. Paul opposes.

There is a liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, in which we must stand fast. But surely a Christian would never put himself into the power of any bodily appetite.

The body is for the Lord; is to be an instrument of righteousness to holiness, therefore is never to be made an instrument of sin. It is an honour to the body, that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead; and it will be an honour to our bodies, that they will be raised.

The hope of a resurrection to glory, should keep Christians from dishonouring their bodies by fleshly lusts. And if the soul be united to Christ by faith, the whole man is become a member of his spiritual body.

Other vices may be conquered in fight; that here cautioned against, only by flight. And vast multitudes are cut off by this vice in its various forms and consequences. Its effects fall not only directly upon the body, but often upon the mind.

Our bodies have been redeemed from deserved condemnation and hopeless slavery by the atoning sacrifice of Christ. We are to be clean, as vessels fitted for our Master’s use.

Being united to Christ as one spirit, and bought with a price of unspeakable value, the believer should consider himself as wholly the Lord’s, by the strongest ties. May we make it our business, to the latest day and hour of our lives, to glorify God with our bodies, and with our spirits which are his.

1 Corinthians 6:20 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

bought with a price—Therefore Christ’s blood is strictly a ransom paid to God’s justice by the love of God in Christ for our redemption (Mt 20:28; Ac 20:28; Ga 3:13; Heb 9:12; 1Pe 1:18, 19; 2Pe 2:1; Re 5:9).

While He thus took off our obligation to punishment, He laid upon us a new obligation to obedience (1Co 7:22, 23).

If we accept Him as our Prophet to reveal God to us, and our Priest to atone for us, we must also accept Him as our King to rule over us as wholly His, presenting every token of our fealty (Isa 26:13).
in your body—as “in” a temple (compare Joh 13:32; Ro 12:1; Php 1:20).

and in your spirit, which are God’s—not in the oldest manuscripts and versions, and not needed for the sense, as the context refers mainly to the “body” (1Co 6:16, 18, 19).

The “spirit” is incidentally mentioned in 1Co 6:17, which perhaps gave rise to the interpolation, at first written in the Margin, afterwards inserted in the text.

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