You Are Not Your Own

Romans 8:9

Principle for Bible Reading

What does it mean to belong to Jesus? As we study a passage slowly verse by verse, sometimes we need to step back and look for help from other places in the Bible. There are other verses that will help us see more in the one before us.

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Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:57)

Survey of the New Testament (00:57–03:55)

“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, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
“For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.” (1 Corinthians 7:22–23)
“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24)
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:29)
“All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future — all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” (1 Corinthians 3:21–23)
““In Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:22–23)

We Belong to Jesus (03:55–06:29)

What does it mean that we belong to Jesus?

  1. We can make God look glorious. (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
  2. We are not slaves of anyone or anything. (1 Corinthians 7:22–23)
  3. We are dead to ruling and damning passions. (Galatians 5:24)
  4. We are heirs of Abraham and all the promises God made to him. (Galatians 3:29)
  5. All things are ours in Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:21–23)
  6. We will be raised from the dead with a resurrection body. (1 Corinthians 15:22–23)

Study Questions

  1. Before going to look at other passages, try to describe what it means that we belong to Jesus. How would you describe what it means to someone who doesn’t understand?
  2. Then, read 1 Corinthians 3:21–23; 6:19–20; 7:22–23; and 15:22–23, and Galatians 3:29 and 5:24. What do these parallel passages tell us about what it means to belong to Jesus? Summarize the point of each verse as it relates to our belonging to him.
  3. Can you think of other verses that help us understand what it means to belong to Christ? How would you find them? Are there other ways the Bible talks about our belonging to him?
Piper: “When we belong to Jesus, we’re finally able to make God look glorious in our lives.”

‘The Greatest Chapter’ Series

This lab is part of a series through Romans 8. Taking a verse or two at a time, John Piper unfolds the other-worldly realities in these thirty-nine verses, all along pointing out general, practical principles for understanding and applying the Bible’s meaning. Visit ‘The Greatest Chapter’ series page to see all the labs in this series.