The Temple of your Body

August 11, 2020

The Temple of your Body

1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19

1 Corinthians 3:16-17  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.

1 Corinthians.6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Our lives are made up of three parts of distinction that function as one.  Much like the Pattern of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the tabernacle that God had Moses build in the wilderness made up of outer court, holy place and Holy of Holies.  The Word of God talks a lot about denying the flesh and dying to the flesh.  What we don’t want to do is take that to mean we should be destructive to our bodies.  The scripture makes it clear above that we are the temples of God, we are not our own and as such, we do not have a right to defile or pollute our bodies.  The Spirit of the Holy God dwells in us and as such we must reverence His presence in us by living lives and in ways that are pleasing to Him. How many of us who say we love God would walk into a church building and light up a cigarette, or start hitting on a bottle of booze, or take drugs or sit down and look through pornographic magazines, or do anything that caused injury or defilement to our bodies. The church is just a building, made of wood, steel and stone, but we are the very containers of the Holy Spirit.  How much more should we forsake all things that offend the Holy One within us.   I doubt there are any who would read this that haven’t done destructive things in and to their bodies.  Perhaps we are still struggling in areas of lives today with these very things.  Whenever we use our bodies for sin we are bringing pollution into our temple.  God does not want us to worship our bodies, but He wants them to be sanctified or cleansed.  Our bodies are to be no longer the instruments sin, but of righteousness, the outward expression and action of the Holy One within us.  Jesus was the embodiment of God, or if you will the physical body of God.  He showed us how the body of our human form is to be the expression of the One who dwells in us.  Jesus expresses this mystery in John 14:8-11, “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

              Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works sake.”

As the body of Christ, with the Lord Jesus as our head, God’s intent is that we be His representation and expression in the earth.  Our bodies are the outward expression of His inward work as our spirit aligns with His Spirit, our soul submits to our spirit and our body submits to our soul.  It is the progression of God’s Spirit flowing from our innermost to outermost being.  Our body is sacred to God because it houses His Spirit and Life.  Our whole body comes the conduit of God’s love and grace.  The temple of our body is something we ought not to take for granted or treat lightly.



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