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Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law
by Keith Henry III 
08/14/14
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Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

I Corinthians 6:19, 20 (NI V) – “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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

A basic expression of law is that “possession is nine tenths of the law.” The meaning of this expression is that “ownership is easier to maintain if one has possession of something, or difficult to enforce if one does not” (Wikipedia). This is how most of us view our lives; “This is my life and I am going to live it the way I want (because I possess it)!” The Apostle Paul challenges our right of ownership; in a sense he files a lawsuit when he claims, “You are not your own, you were bought at a price.” The burden of proof is on the owner not the possessor. The possessor’s proof is in his possession; the owner must provide documentation. Documentation of ownership is found in the Bible; Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:13, Isaiah 64:8, John 3:16 and John 19:28-30 are presented as proof of God’s ownership of our lives.

Since ownership is now established we no longer possess our lives. “Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” As Christians God is in “possession” of our lives as we allow the Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit. Ownership of our bodies and lives should be evident to those in the world as they see the “possessor” living in His temple. When the world looks at you do they know who “possesses” you?

Keith Henry – Called to make Christians think about their Christianity.


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