Our Body, God’s Temple
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
“15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?…….19 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? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [a]and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor 6:15-20
When we speak of the church, we are often referring to the building where we meet throughout the week and gather for worship. However, this building is not the church!
The church is the universal, invisible and mystical body made up of God’s elect who are born anew to an ever living hope through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The hearts of God’s elect becomes the sanctuary where the Spirit of the Almighty God dwells.
I do not know how that reality touches you but it is a sobering realization to me. God lives in us. Therefore, everywhere we go, everything we do, everything that touches us, in effect, touches God. This is the reason why Paul tells the elect at the Corinthian churches that they are God’s temple.
I want to focus on the concept of God’s elect being the temple of God. In doing so, to draw some comparisons between this earthly, physical temples and the temple that stood there in Jerusalem. There are several comparisons between our bodies and the original Temple of God. It may be your body but it is still God’s temple.
A Place Of Dedication
The earthly Temple was a place wholly dedicated to God and His glory. Nothing that defiled was allowed on the grounds. When something out of the ordinary occurred, God took immediate steps to take care of the problem. Lev 10:1-2 These earthly bodies we dwell in are also set apart for His glory. According to our text, God’s elect at NCCkl has no right to use his/her body for anything other than that which glorifies the Lord. 1 Cor 6:19b – 20. The reason? We have been bought with a price! The precious and eternal blood of Christ. In truth, when we come to the saving knowledge of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, we gave up all claims to our body and what we desire to do with it. We do not belong to ourselves, we belong to the Lord.
A Place Of Devotion
The Temple was a place where people gathered to worship God. They came to the temple and glorified the Lord. It was a place where songs were sung, prayers were offered, hands were raised, praise was rendered and God was magnified. Isa 56:7 Just as that temple was devoted to God as a place of worship, our bodies are to be places where God is worshipped. The truth is, these bodies are to render worship to the One and Only God. The question may arise, “how can I worship God with my body?” The answers are many. We can present our bodies as a living sacrifice Rom 12:1-2, practice His Presence Heb 13:5, praise Him continually Ps 47:1 and offer them for service Rom 6:16.
A Place Of Duty
The Temple was a place where people carried out the duties they had been given by the Lord. They did things such as offering sacrifices, tithes, offerings, gifts and prayers. It was place where duties were performed. Our bodies are also places where we are to carry out duties we have been bestowed by God. There are many areas where we are duty bound before the Lord. In witnessing, in worship, in prayer, in tithing, in obedience, in holiness, in righteousness and in many other ways.
A Place of Death
The old Temple in Jerusalem was the scene of many deaths. Millions of animals were taken there and slain on the altars in obedience to God’s command. Where there was praise, singing and worship in this great place, there was also the stench of death. Every time anyone went to the temple, they were immediately confronted with a death scene. Like it or not, people should be confronted with the same scene when they come into contact with God’s temples, our bodies. We are challenged to be dead to certain things in this world. We are totally a new creation born again in Christ. Therefore, we are expected to be dead to our old way of life and to the way of life held so dear by this world systems. Col 3:1-9, we are told to put off or consider ourselves dead to certain activities. Among these are fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affections, evil lusts, covetousness and lying.
A Place Of Display
When people saw the Temple standing there in Jerusalem, they were reminded of God. They were reminded that there is a God in Heaven Who loves sinners and has made a way for their redemption. Likewise, we as temples of the Lord, are witness to the world that we had been redeemed. Every time the world sees God’s elect, they see a manifestation of the power and the grace of God. This is why Paul referred to the Corinthian believers as his epistle. 2 Cor 3:2. Paul is telling them that everywhere they turn, everywhere they go, they are living and breathing love letters to humanity. Letters that say to sinners, “what has God done for me, He can do it in you.” We may be the only sermons some people may ever hear or see. This message of God’s mighty work of salvation in our lives needs to be seen in the eyes of man. Whether we like it or not, we are a witness for Jesus Christ. Our lives either speak well of Jesus or we bring dishonor to Him by the things we do and how we live. Phil 1:27 Yes, it is our body but we are God’s elect, it is still the temple of God.
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