Throughout the Bible God shows us just how valuable and precious we are to Him, in fact, so much so that He has chosen to reside in us through the Holy Spirit!! So how is it that we have God with us and in us, yet we do not tend to think twice about how we treat our bodies, our emotions and our relationships! Let's take a minute and look at 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, what does God say to us?
1. The Spirit of God dwells in us
On the day of Pentecost, we are told that suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where the disciples were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. Shortly after that Peter then addresses a large crowd in Acts 2:38
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
It is at that moment, when we recognize Jesus as our Savior, where our bodies are no longer an empty vessel to get us through life. In fact in that moment the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us, and not on a short term lease but as a permanent resident.
2. The Temple of God is Holy
The dictionary describes a Temple as a building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of God. In fact the Latin word for temple is templum : which means a place that is CUT OUT. It is like when you cut something like a piece of paper, it is a permanent change. You can try and tape it back together but it is never quite the same as it was before, it is forever changed. The permanence of that cut, that change, is the same as God’s dwelling within us.
The moment we acknowledged Christ as our personal savior, is the moment we Cut Out a place for God to dwell within us. It is a permanent change that was made in us, and one that we need to continually acknowledge or remind ourselves that it is there. And just as something that is cut out is now used/treated differently, the same goes for the space that we have “cut out” for God. Just as we have a respect and reverence for God in His temple (the church) on a Sunday, we have to have a new found respect and reverence for ourselves as we are the temple, a dwelling place, of God
3. We are that Temple
We are not told once, but TWICE in that 1 Corinthians verse, in fact, it starts and then ends with it!
Do you not know that you are a temple of God…
…for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
Though the temple of God is in many forms, our church building on a Sunday, the body of believers as the church, we need to remind ourselves that we are a dwelling place of God as well. As a dwelling place of God it lays greater responsibility in how we see and treat ourselves on a daily basis, and how doing that honors and glorifies God.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.