Members of Christ (1 Cor. 6:15)

“Do you not know

That your bodies

Are members of Christ?

Should I therefore

Take the members of Christ

And make them

Members of a prostitute?


οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι τὰ σώματα ὑμῶν μέλη Χριστοῦ ἐστιν; ἄρας οὖν τὰ μέλη τοῦ Χριστοῦ ποιήσω πόρνης μέλη; μὴ γένοιτο.

Paul asked them two ironic questions.  Did they not know (οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι) that their bodies (ὅτι τὰ σώματα ὑμῶν) are members of Christ (μέλη Χριστοῦ ἐστιν)?  Should I therefore take the members of Christ (ἄρας οὖν τὰ μέλη τοῦ Χριστοῦ) and make them members of a prostitute?  Never would it happen (μὴ γένοιτο)!  Paul then asked these Corinthians didn’t they know that their bodies were part of the members of Christ.  Should he take a member of Christ and then turn them into prostitutes.  You might expect Paul’s answer.  Of course not, never would it happen.  Paul would expand later on the mystical body of Christ, the Christian community.  Here he pointed out that the baptized members of the Christian community should not be involved with a prostitute, whether in idol worship or anywhere.  They were the brotherly believing saints or holy ones of Christ.  Therefore, they should not be involved with adulterous prostitutes.  Do you know people who are involved with prostitutes?

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