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From cross-theology towards

obedience motivation

D. Park and M. Nagasawa


MITACF LG wrap up
Mar 14, 2003
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
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"Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial.
"Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by
anything. 13"Food for the stomach and the stomach for food"--but God
will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality,
but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14By his power God raised
the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15Do you not know
that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the
members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16Do you
not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her
in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." 17But he who
unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are
outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
19
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;
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you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Picture of the Cross:
Debt Payment
God the Father
Anger & Wrath

Jesus

Forgiveness
Non-believers Believers Non-believers
Picture of the Cross:
Identity Transformation
The Old Age The Old Age will end

Non-believers:
- Old Creations, God Believers:
- New Creations
- Objects of Wrath, - Forgiven
- Disempowered
Jesus - Empowered
- Separated from God Death & Resurrection - In Jesus by Spirit
- God is a Father
ONLY to those
‘in Jesus’

The New Age begins New Heavens


& Earth
Motivations for obedience
Debt-obligation
 Grace denial: try to pay back the debt
 Grace abuse: debt will just get cancelled again

Identity-obligation
 Cross participation: we die and rise again w/X
 Self worth: you are worth more than ___

 Sin: incompatible with new identity


1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12
"Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial.
"Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by
anything. 13"Food for the stomach and the stomach for food"--but God
will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality,
but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14By his power God raised
the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15Do you not know
that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the
members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16Do you
not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her
in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." 17But he who
unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are
outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
19
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;
20
you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
References
Largely stolen from: Nagasawa, M.
(2001) Asian American Spirituality in the
Context of American Fundamentalism,
http://regions.ivcf.org/multieth/2873
Rom 6:1-11; Gal 2:20; Php 3:7-12; Col 2:12-13
John 14:8-21, 15:1-9; Eph 1:1-14, 2:11-22
Rom 8:9-11; 2 Cor 4-5; Eph 3:14-19