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Is the human body an accident? No, you were created in the image of God. It's in the Bible, Genesis 1:27, NKJV. "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
With just dirt, God formed and gave life to man. It's in the Bible, Genesis 2:7, NKJV. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."
The human body is an incredible creation of God. It's in the Bible, Psalm 139:14, NIV. "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
What am I worth? You were redeemed with the priceless and pure blood of Christ. It's in the Bible, 1 Peter 1:18-19, NKJV. "knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot"
Can I do what I want, it is my body? Your body belongs to God and serves as a temple of the Holy Spirit. It's in the Bible, I Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
Our bodies are part of our service and worship to God. It's in the Bible, Romans 12:1, NKJV. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service"
We should honor God by taking care of our bodies - what you put in it matters. It's in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJV. "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
We honor God by keeping His body in good condition - what you put on it matters. It's in the Bible, Leviticus 19:28, NKJV. "You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.
What specific group was forbidden to cut themselves? It's in the Bible, Leviticus 21:5, NIV. "Priests must not shave their heasd or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies."
How does God refer to His people? It's in the Bible, 1 Peter 2:9, NIV. "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
Cutting oneself was a pagan religious custom. It's in the Bible, 1 Kings 18:28, TLB. "So they shouted louder and, as was their custom, cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.
Christ is our example. It's in the Bible, 1 Peter 2:21, NIV. "Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps."
Christ presented himself as a sacrifice without blemish. It's in the Bible, Hebrews 9:14, NIV. How much more, then will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!"
Physically your body belongs to your spouse. It's in the Bible, I Corinthians 7:2-4, NIV. "But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife."
Sexual immorality also defiles our body. It's in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 6:18, NKJV. "Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body"
After death our bodies will be brought back to life. It's in the Bible, I Corinthians 15:42, 51-53, TLB. "Our earthly bodies which die and decay are different from the bodies we shall have when we come back to life again, for they will never die. . . . We shall all be given new bodies! It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. . . . For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will love forever.”
The body is an example of how the church should function. It's in the Bible, Romans 12:4-5, NIV. "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."
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