Biblical Foundations: Redeemed Sexuality
God began his work of redemption by revealing to His people His will or rules for their lives. God gave these commands and decrees to us for our own good (Deuteronomy 10:13). These rules accomplished two things. First, in our blindness, these commands showed people how they could honor God and live good lives. Without these rules for living, we would be blind slaves to our own sinful appetites, and human culture would be in chaos. Second, God’s rules diagnose our sinfulness by offering an objective measure that shows us that our lives are out of kilter.
Then God offered His own dear Son to die and conquer death for the forgiveness of our sins. Life in Christ through the forgiveness of our sins is the starting point for eradicating the effects of sin. This includes our sexuality. We are to sanctify our sexuality, to make it pure and clean, first by receiving forgiveness for what we have done wrong (1 Timothy 4:1-5). We are to reclaim the good gift of our sexuality with thanksgiving. And then we are to dedicate our lives, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to becoming more Christlike, to becoming more of the person God means us to be. And that includes the sexual dimension of each of us—we are to discover and shape our sexuality in the manner God intends for us. We are to accept and delight in the gift of our sexual natures. A major part of this book is dedicated to enabling us as parents to help our children be the sexual persons God means them to be.
This work of redemption requires two-fold action on our part: turning away from sin and turning our lives over to God. We are to “flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18), but also to recognize that our bodies are the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” We are to “Therefore honor God with your body” (vss. 19-20). God wants us to offer our sexuality to Him for His redemptive work.