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1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
A ton in 1 Cor we could talk about.
One of the things we all have in common this morning is that we all have bodies. And I want to talk about what our bodies have to do with God. But there is something else that we all have in common and I want to start there.
Even though we have slowed significantly with our reading this year…the depths of God’s Wisdom and how much he has revealed to us in His Word is breathtaking. I hope and pray you are seeing that…and therefore desiring to know Him more and more.
But there are some verses that are so overarching and powerful…speak into so many parts of our lives…and today’s verses are that powerful.
So this morning I want to talk about some things we all have in common…and how that relates to the gospel…and then what that has to do with our bodies. Our physical bodies.
So the first thing we need to know is what bought with a price means? You are not your own…for you were bought with a price.
I want you to take a second to think about something before I go any further…think about the issues that plague our culture and dominate the news nowadays…and the ways of this world that are seem to every day become further and further from the ways of God.
And have infiltrated the American church…and have caused many to walk away from the truth of God’s Word and the true gospel.
For example…and there are more.
Political pride…division...identity issues…bullying…school shootings…sexual immorality and abuse…depression…anxiety...drug abuse…millennials feeling directionless and not knowing what to do with their lives…racial tensions.
This is why I love our commitment to God’s Word...
Let me ask a question…how many of those issues could be solved by these verses from the powerful and awesome word of God? How may of those issues could we powerfully show this world a better way on...if we as a people together lived out these verses as a church and in our daily lives?
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
This is why I love our commitment to God’s Word...

You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

So there are things we all have in common.
So a few things we all have in common.
One of the things we all have in common this morning is that we all have bodies. Look around…are we in agreement?
So with that and a few other things we all have in common..we can get some help in understanding what it means that we were bought with a price.
We all have a sense of the greatness and glory of creation.
We all have a sense of the greatness and glory of creation.
Walk in the woods, peak out of an airplane window, standing at the edge of the ocean, google search for pictures of the universe, or the first robin of spring…the first steps of a toddler…or the ultrasound of a baby in a mom’s belly…we all have a sense of awe…even reverence for creation.
Atheist, Buddhist, lukewarm American, or born again follower of Jesus…we all have some sense of how awesome the universe is or the bottom of the ocean…from a microscopic amoeba to grandness of the milky way galaxy…we all know there is something deep and even eternal…we know in our hearts that there is something…or someone...bigger than us and outside of us.
We also have this in common.
We also have a sense of justice. We want fairness.
When we are wronged, or when someone we care about is wronged. If someone intentionally or maliciously, lies about you or steals from you or pushes you or hits your wife or child or friend, there is something in you that immediately wants justice.
There are entire
And one of the ways we express that natural universal feeling is with the words, "You will pay for this!" or “They will pay for that.”
We also have a sense of justice when we are wronged, or when someone we care about is wronged. If someone intentionally, maliciously, without any provocation, lies about you or steals from you or pushes you harshly or strikes your child, there is something in you that wants justice. And one of the most common ways we express that feeling is with the words, "You will pay for this!"
In other words, our sense of justice automatically demands a payment of some sort from the person who wrongs us.
That is because of how we were created.
Genesis 1:27 ESV
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
We were created in the image of God.
And God is Holy…so we are to be Holy…and we know it deep down…and it is also commanded of us.
1 Peter 1:16 ESV
since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
The way we learn and teach the Gospel...
The first part is that God is the creator and is Holy.
Second part we are created in His image to live as images of His holiness for His glory. That is why we were created.
The word Holy has so much depth to it.
He is good, righteous, God is love, and…He is just.
And we are very happy that He is just.
Not unpredictable…so we can study and trust His Word…don’t need to wander or wonder.
He is faithful…and part of His faithfulness is that He is just.

God’s justice or attributive righteousness is that essential perfection of his nature which leads him to render to every one his due (Ps. 89:14; 2 Tim. 4:8). This justice in God requires the condemnation of every sinner, and were it not for the plan of redemption, in which justice is satisfied in the person of Christ, and is brought into harmony with mercy, the whole race of men would die in their sins

His justice is part of His perfection…it is who He is...which means that every one of us will get from God exactly what we deserve.
The Lord himself this way to moses.
The Lord himself saidit this way to moses.
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Exodus 34:6–7 CSB
The Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: The Lord—the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But he will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the fathers’ iniquity on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.
So as we swim deeper in the ocean of God’s grace and grow in our grace and knowledge of who He is…we discover the goodness and glory of the cross…because of truth that God is just.
So as we swimm deeper in the ocean of God’s grace and grow in our grace and knowledge of who He is…we discover the goodness of His being just.
And we created in His image…therefore love Justice. And we know justice better than the secular world…because we know what we deserve.
Micah 6:8 ESV
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
As followers of Jesus under the new Covenant.
Because Jesus taught his followers that we should love our enemy and that we should often turn the other cheek and that we should not return evil for evil, but bless those who persecute us.
So does that mean that Christianity denies this basic sense of justice that all of us have because we were created in God’s image? Does Christianity teach that wrongs don't have to be repaid? That justice is cheap and that there's no price that has to be paid for injustice or sin?
But Jesus taught his followers that we should love our enemy and that we should often turn the other cheek and that we should not return evil for evil, but bless those who persecute us. So does that mean that Christianity denies this basic sense of justice that all of us seem to have? Does Christianity teach that wrongs don't have to be repaid? That justice is cheap and that there's no price that has to be paid for injustice?
No, that's not what Jesus means.
When Jesus tells us to return good for evil, he doesn't mean that no price is required for evil; he means that God will pay it so that we don't have to.
The Bible says,
Romans 12:19 ESV
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
God is a God of perfect justice. He sees every wrong done. His memory is infallible. And he will repay with perfect justice.
So when Jesus says, "Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you" (), he does not mean that justice won't be done; he means God is faithful and He will do it. Trust him. Leave it to him.
And more than that...Show that you believe there is a just God in heaven by the way you can completely let go of all bitterness and unforgiveness and vengeance.
So how does this work practically...
Something bad…personally or a school shooting.
We don’t need to cry out for earthly justice or put our hope and faith in worldly rules or structures to change…because we know 3 things...
There is deep evil in the heart of all those who do not love Jesus…that is the ultimate problem.
This injustice that happened has a cause…those people don’t know Jesus so they are living for the devil.
And evil will be rightly punished.
And Vengence is mine…someone will pay says the lord.
And we also know how amazing it is that we are forgiven…we have Jesus…and He died for us and saved us while we were still sinners…so we can look at this world and say to our selves…justice belongs to God…and I have Jesus I have Jesus I have Jesus...
But there is something else we all Have in common…we all have a Guilty Conscience 
This may satisfy our sense of justice for a while. It may even give us a sense of relief that the people that have wronged us will eventually be brought to justice. And all the outrageous evils of the world (millions of murders through Stalinist purges in the 1930s and '40s, six million Jews eliminated in Nazi Germany, a million people executed by the Khmer Rouge, tens of thousands forcibly starved by tribal lords in Somalia, villages slaughtered by the Shining Path in Peru, and untold murders in our own country, like Tim White's, that never go to trial)—all these evils will be set right before the judgment seat of the universe.
We All Have a Guilty Conscience 
Just when we are feeling right about justice being done by God to those who wrong us, we awaken to the fact that we ourselves have done wrong.
But then something dawns on us—all of us. Because there is something else we have in common, namely, a guilty conscience. Just when we are feeling right about justice being done to those who wrong us, we awaken to the fact that we ourselves have done wrong. And our conscience asks, "Do you approve of justice in your own case? Do you say concerning your own wrongdoing, 'Vengeance is God's and he will repay! I am guilty of sin before a holy God, and I will be judged'?"
And our conscience asks,
Do you also want full justice in your own case?
Do you say about your own sin, 'Vengeance is God's and he will repay! I am guilty of sin before a holy God, and I will be judged'?"
There are a lot of ways that we humans to try to get out of this.
We tell ourselves that we are not as bad as others. We say that we have done more right things than wrong things. We have already paid our dues. We say there were extenuating circumstances.
But we know justice must be served…and since our sin is against an infinite and eternal God…we deserve infinite and eternal punishment…payment must be made…and we can not pay it...
But God!
But Jesus offers another way to make things right with a God of justice—a way to be free from the condemnation of God and of our own conscience. It's a way that lets the principle of justice stand and at the same time rescues people who would be condemned by it.
God in His infinite wisdom…and Holiness…maintains His goodness and justness.
But Jesus offers another way to make things right with a God of justice—a way to be free from the condemnation of God and of our own conscience. It's a way that lets the principle of justice stand and at the same time rescues people who would be condemned by it.
On the cross!
But Jesus offers another way to make things right with a God of justice—a way to be free from the condemnation of God and of our own conscience. It's a way that lets the principle of justice stand and at the same time rescues people who would be condemned by it.
By looking upon us before we had done anything good…and by name…before we were even born…knowing our sinfulness…He looked upon us and said…I love you James…I love you Jacob…I love you Toni.
And in love for us…His children...He took justice into His own hands...
Jesus offers another way to make things right with a God of justice—a way to be free from the condemnation of God that we knowingly deserve. There was only one way for God to be Just and at the same time rescue His people who deserve to be judged.
Jesus said,
Mark 10:45 ESV
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 CSB
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
His life as a ransom!
His life as a ransom!
His life as a ransom!
His life as a ransom!
His life as a payment.
The full payment…made once...for the sheep...paid in full…it is finished…a ransom for many.
The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus has paid the price of my deserved condemnation. I deserved eternal punishment…and Jesus paid the price.
The greatest news in all the world is that the Son of God has paid the price of my condemnation. The New Testament says, "God has done what the law . . . could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh he condemned sin in the flesh" (). The gospel of Jesus Christ, that God offers to everyone who will believe, is that the death of Jesus, his Son, is the payment for our sin and our guilt and our condemnation.
The gospel of Jesus Christ, is that God has paid the price…Jesus took on my sin and the sins of all of those He came to save…and all of the vengeance of God for our sin was placed on Him…and He suffered the consequences of what we deserved…suffering, pain, and separation from God…paid in full for His people on the cross...
The gospel of Jesus Christ, is that God has paid the price…Jesus took on my sinandthe sins ofall of His people…and all ofthe vengance of God was placed on Him…and He suffered the consequences of what I deserved…eternal suffereing and separation from God…paid for on the cross...
And this payment has already been made for anyone and everyone who will turn from their sin in repentance and believe…put their faith in Jesus…the death of Jesus is the full payment for our sin and our guilt and our condemnation.
God doesn't change any of the rules of justice. He wrote them. And he plays by them. Because they are Him…they tell us who He is in all of His perfection and glory.
That's where we get our sense of justice. Four hundred million years of evolution plus chance does not produce a transcendent sense of justice in every human soul. It's there because you and I were created in the image of a God of justice.
His justice and your justice say, "Wrongdoers must pay."
But the love of God says, "If you will trust me, and return to me, and live for me…in repentance and faith...I have already paid for your sins—in fact I have paid for your eternity and I did so fully knowing everything about you…turn to me because I paid for your salvation...with the price of my own Son."
The gospel of Jesus Christ is that all who return to Him in repentance and live for Him in faith…have been “bought with an infinite price.”
For the saved...judgment day is past. It was 2,000 years ago on a cross.
Justice has been served. It is finished… if you are saved…living in repentance and faith in Jesus…you are free…to live for Him…for eternity. The chains of slavery are gone.
Because you were bought with a price.
Now turn to because I said at the beginning that I wanted to talk about what our bodies have to do with God and the Gospel.
Now I invite you to turn to because I said at the beginning that I wanted to talk about what our bodies have to do with God. The reason I want to do this is because I want to make sure that I don't mislead anybody this morning that Christianity is just a set of ideas or just a way of thinking or just a way of getting the soul to heaven, when in fact it is has everything to do with your body as well as your soul. It has to do with everything your body has to do with—food and sex and sleep and talking and smiling and frowning and laughing and playing and working.
We should never get stuck in the falsehood that Christianity is just a set of ideas or just a way of thinking or just a way of getting your soul to heaven or simply one of many mindsets...when in fact it is has everything to do with everything…including your body.
For those who are saved...It has to do with everything your body—food and sex and sleep and talking and smiling and crying and laughing and eating and drinking and playing and working…and serving and speaking the Gospel and reading you Bible and living as the church in this community.
When Jesus on the cross paid the debt for us, he paid for our body as well as our soul.
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Verse 20: "For you were bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body."
When God paid the price by becoming human in a body to purchase his people from sin and guilt and condemnation, it was the ransom for our bodies as well as our souls.
When God paid the price by becoming human in a body to purchase his people from sin and guilt and condemnation, it was the ransom for their bodies as well as their souls.
What Does It Practically Mean That Your Body Was Bought with a very costly price? 

What Does It Mean That Your Body Was Bought? 

When Christ paid the price for his people, he bought our bodies. So let’s end by me showing you from God's Word what this means for those who are saved.
What would it mean for you (for us as a church) if you were to in an unhindered way accept the full gift of God's grace specifically for you…in repentance and faith…with a better understanding of the price that he had to pay...to purchase your soul and your body?
For those who are saved this would mean at least these seven things.
1. You would know that God is for your Body…so not against it.
Look at the very end of verse 13,
1 Corinthians 6:13 ESV
“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
The body is for the Lord and the Lord is FOR the body…for the body!
Look at the very end of verse 13, "Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body." Don't miss that last phrase. "The Lord is for the body."
"Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body." Don't miss that last phrase. "The Lord is for the body."
One of the deceptions the enemy tries to make us believe about God and His ways is that God is against the body as though our all of our needs and desires and appetites are evil…or enjoying creation is evil.
It is easy for Christians to get the reputation that we are against the body, and that God is against the body as though its needs and appetites are evil, and the only thing it's good for is to get sick with and, as soon as possible, to get shed of. That is not true. The Lord made the body. And the Lord is for the body. To be against the body is to be against the Lord. If you trust him, he will not be against your body, but for it. If we deny the body some craving in this life, it is because we are for it in the next.
This goes back to the garden…God had given them everything they needed to live life in full…food, drink, work, sex, leisure, a garden…and Satan comes in and says…
Genesis 3:1 ESV
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
So they have a garden of enjoyments and pleasures and all they needed or could possibly desire for all eternity…it was very good...and the serpent says…God is withholding from you and He doesn’t want you to enjoy anything because He doesn’t want you to eat from this one tree.
Don’t we believe this lie sometimes?
We pick the one thing…and then feel…I am missing out…why can’t I do or have or look at this one thing…God doesn’t want me to live.
That was not true then and is not true now.
The Lord made the body. And the Lord is for the body. We can not be decieved into thinking if we can not enjoy the destructive “enjoyments”…what the world has decided is fun or cool or good...that we are to supposed to be boring joyless people until we die.
The truth is that He has provided for us not only a creation to enjoy…but the loving directions so that we don’t pursue the fleeting deceptions of this world that will destroy our bodies for eternity.
The truth is that He has provided for us not only a creation to enjoy…but the loving directions so that we don’t pursue the fleeting deceptions of this world that will destroy our bodies for eternity.
It is possible…and even commanded to live in this world in fullness of joy and if we deny the body some sinful craving or temptation in this life, it is because we know God is for our bodies…for this life and in the next.
2. God saves us to make us a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
It would mean that your body becomes the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.
1 cor 6 19
When God bought us he did not buy us to be powerless or weak...but as His dwelling place. His goal was and is to show off His glory and return us to what we were created for in the first place…to be the very images of God in this world.
Verse 19: "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?"
To make us full of him.
Ephesians 3:19 ESV
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
When God bought us he did not buy us as slaves but as dwellings. His aim was not to make us work for him, but to make us full of him. "Filled with all the fullness of God" as the apostle Paul says ().
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Oh how differently we would live and how powerful would the church be in this culture…in this city…in this world...if we truly are and then lived in reality that we are the very temple of God…when you wake up and eat breakfast and leave your home and go to school or work or talk with an unbeliever or pray over someone or we meet on Sundays and Wednesdays or you are in a difficult conversation know you need to do or speak for God’s glory…what if we did all of this together with this reality in the front of our minds...
Oh how differently we would live and how powerfully would the church live in this culture…in this city...if we truly are and then lived in reality that we are the temple of God…when you wake up and eat breakfast and leave your home and go to school or work or talk with an unbeliever or pray over someone or we meet on Sundays and Wednesdays or you are in a difficult conversation know you need to speak the gospel or serve or give…what if we did all of this together with this reality in the front of our minds...
You body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…God is in you! May we live in that confidence church.
3. We would see other Christian's bodies differently.
3. Resurrection from the Dead
1 Corinthians 6:15 ESV
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
When you see or are with another born again believer…your friends....members of the opposite sex…married…dating…you are with not only part of God’s temple…filled with His Spirit…but also a part of Christ’s body!
1 cor 6:14
There are many implications to that…but let’s just let that one sink in.
4. Your body will be resurrected from the dead
1 Corinthians 6:14 ESV
And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
1 Corinthians 6:14 ESV
And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
It means that your bodies would be raised from the dead.
1 cor 6 "Now God has not only raised the Lord [Jesus], but will also raise us up through his power." When the Bible says that God is for the body and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means God will never throw our bodies away. He will never let death have the last word.
"Now God has not only raised the Lord [Jesus], but will also raise us up through his power." When the Bible says that God is for the body and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means God will never throw our bodies away. He will never let death have the last word.
When the Bible says that God is for the body and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means God will certainly raise up our bodies and never let His temple be lost or ultimately destroyed.
"Now God has not only raised the Lord [Jesus], but will also raise us up through his power." When the Bible says that God is for the body and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means God will never throw our bodies away. He will never let death have the last word.
Verse 14: "Now God has not only raised the Lord [Jesus], but will also raise us up through his power." When the Bible says that God is for the body and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means God will never throw our bodies away. He will never let death have the last word.
Therefore death for us does have the last word.
Just as he raised Jesus from the dead and gave him an everlasting resurrected body…He will raise our physical bodies from the dead and make them new and whole—with no more pain, no more deformity, no more disability, no more cancer, no more disease of any kind. Resurrected bodies.
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You will shine like the sun in the kingdom of your Father ().
Matthew 13:43 ESV
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
4. Not Mastered by Anything but God
5. We need not be mastered by anything but God.
It means that you do not have to be mastered by anything but God.
1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
If you have been bought with a price, you do not have to be the slave of anything that takes you from Him.
Verse 12: "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything."
Not mastered by anything. If you have been bought with a price, you do not have to be the slave of anything.
If you have the Holy Spirit inside you…nothing can be your master.
You would be God's own adopted child. Nothing could be your master. You would have the Spirit within, you would be united with Christ, you would have the hope of resurrection, and the Lord himself would be for your body—nothing could be your slave master.
If you were bought with a price...you are united with Christ...
Therefore…you have the greatest power in the universe in you…literally united to you…so nothing can be your slave master.
When temptation comes or power is needed...this is the promise of God to us...
You will not be mastered by anything unrighteous…because you are now united perfectly to the perfect and righteous one.
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5. Not Used for Immorality
Romans 6:17–18 ESV
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
Your body is now united to Christ…filled with the Spirit…The one who was tempted by everything has therefore empowered you to no longer be mastered by anything.
6. Therefore our bodies are not used for immorality.
You would not use your body for immorality.
1 cor 6 13
1 Corinthians 6:13 ESV
“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
Verse 13b says, "Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord."
Verse 13b says, "Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord." And verse 18 says, "Flee immorality."
And verse 18 says, "Flee immorality."
And verse 18 says, "Flee immorality."
Your body—male and female—has been bought with the price of the Son of God. So it belongs to him.
Titus 2:14 ESV
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
You love him because he gave himself for you and He gave Himself for you to redeem you and purify you.
And that you love him because he gave himself for you, and he wills your purity (). He died for it.
He died for that.
Which leads to the final meaning of being bought with a price.
7. Like everything else in the universe…but in a very special and beautiful way…your body is for the Glory of God.
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 cor 6 20
Your bodies are for the glory of God.
In a very simple but extremely powerful summary…a command...that should be empowering and joyful for those with the Spirit.
Verse 20 again: "For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God with your body."
So glorify God in your body.
What that means very simply is use your body in ways that will show that God is more satisfying, more precious, more to be desired, more glorious than anything the body craves.
Use your body to show that God is more satisfying, more precious, more to be desired, more glorious than anything else your body may crave.
Use your body to show that Jesus is worthy of all praise and that your joy in Him means you don’t need be enslaved by the empty things most are doing with their bodies.
Use your body to show this world the power of the Holy Spirit by the way you give and serve and speak and do all that you do for the glory of God.
Why?
1. Because Jesus is infinitely valuable.
2. The infinitely valuable Jesus paid the infinitely large price to purchase your body from the pits of hell…and bring you into the kingdom of God.
3. So for those who have received him, and you think of your past sin or are tempted to sin or live in the ways of the world…instead of thinking you will pay or you have no power...you can and should say, "Jesus has already paid. I have been bought with a price. So I will glorify God with my body.”
Amen
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