By Mark A. Finley
Throughout the Bible God placed considerable emphasis on the importance of good health. Today Christians and non-Christians alike are concerned about their health. Most people certainly want to live longer and reduce the risk of disease. While this motivation is commendable, good health is not the only reason God gave His people health principles in Scripture. This Bible study will take a new look at health.
1. What did the apostle Paul liken our bodies to? What illustration did he use to describe the human body? Read the text below and write your answer on the line below.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
Our bodies are ________________________________________of the Holy Spirit.
2. Since our bodies are the temple of God, what appeal did Paul make? Circle words in each text below that best describe the apostle’s appeal.
a. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:20).
b. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
God’s appeal is simple and straightforward: He invites us to glorify Him in everything we do. His message of health is that we glorify Him through our physical habits. He loves us and wants us to be healthy.
3. Why did the apostle Paul urge us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God? Read the text below and write your answer.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).
Presenting our bodies to God is our _________________________________________service.
Although it is certainly reasonable to present our bodies to God, there is something deeper here. Sacrifices were offered as part of the religious services of Israel. One translation of the Bible translates “reasonable service” as “an act of spiritual worship” (Phillips).* Just as ancient Israel offered sacrifices to God in worship, we offer our bodies as living sacrifices in acts of spiritual worship when we follow God’s health principles. Living healthfully to God’s glory is an act of spiritual worship.
4. Does God’s last-day message to prepare a people for Jesus’ return include health? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23).
a. Sanctification—God’s work of changing us through His Holy Spirit must be________________.
b. It is God’s desire to preserve blameless our
There is a connection between physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Poor health practices affect our thought processes. God communicates through our mind by His Holy Spirit. Any practices that hinder His Spirit’s direct channel to our minds should be surrendered to Him.
5. The prophet Isaiah described God’s marvelous promises to those who unselfishly serve and bless others. Read the text below and circle the four gifts God gives to those who live to bless others.
“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard” (Isa. 58:8).
There is a relationship between light (truth), healing, righteousness, and glory. Living a life totally committed to God, we walk in His light (truth), long for His complete healing, open our hearts to His righteousness, and long to reveal His glory.
6. The apostle John echoed God’s desire for each of our lives. Read the text below and describe heaven’s desire for your life.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).
God desires that our lives be _________________________________________________.
7. When will we experience the complete physical, mental, and spiritual restoration God desires? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:1, 4).
Only in the _____________________________ will the former things ______________________.
God has promised complete and ultimate healing and restoration. Until then He invites us to glorify Him in our bodies. By allowing His Word to guide our choices, and by presenting our bodies to Him as a temple for His Holy Spirit to dwell, we bring glory to Him now and look forward to that day when we will receive glorious, immortal, completely restored, new bodies to glorify Him throughout eternity.
*Bible texts credited to Phillips are from J. B. Phillips: The New Testament in Modern English, Revised Edition. J. B. Phillips 1958, 1960, 1972. Used by permission of Macmillan Publishing Co.
Next month’s study, “When Spirits Speak,” will unmask some of Satan’s end-time delusions.