You are a Temple

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own." - 1 Corinthians 6:19

The bible spends a lot of time describing the dwelling place of God. There are fifty chapters in the Bible that mention just the Tabernacle. Where God's presence resides is a very important topic of the bible.

In the Garden of Eden, God's dwelling was with man. God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:8 mentions the Lord walking in the garden). Next, God's dwelling place was in the Tabernacle as the Israelites wandered in the wilderness (Exodus 25-27). After that, God's dwelling place was the Temple (1 Kings 6-8). This temple was rebuilt on a couple of other accounts throughout history. Now, as 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, we are the temple of God.

Those of you that have grown up in church have probably been told as kids that Jesus lives in your heart. This is a nice little thing to think about and might even give you "warm fuzzies" when you think about it, but there is so much more to it than that!

First, it is actually inaccurate to say that Jesus dwells in our hearts. He does not. The Holy Spirit is in our hearts. Yes, they are both equally God, but the distinction is important. Next, the fact that the Holy Spirit is in us is a big deal! Jesus, when he was speaking to his apostles before his death, said that it was better for him to leave so that the Holy Spirit would come (John 16:7). Throughout the New Testament, we are told that we receive power through the Holy Spirit, not to mention comfort, wisdom and guidance (John 14:26, Mark 13:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 19:6, 2 Timothy 1:7, etc.). We can do mighty things because of the Holy Spirit in us.

In both the Tabernacle and the Temple, there was a place called the Most Holy Place, or the Holy of Holies. This is where God descended and met with his people (Exodus 25:22). God's presence was called the Shekinah Glory, and it was manifested on the Mercy Seat, which is the place directly above the Ark of the Covenant. Since we have been washed clean by Christ's blood and can boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), it can be easy to take for granted the might of God's presence. In Exodus 33:20, God told Moses that he would die if he were to see the face of God. There are also several instances of people dying simply by touching or looking at the Ark of the Covenant, where God's presence was (2 Samuel 6:5-7, 1 Samuel 6:19).

It is this same presence that dwells in us today. We are the temple of God, and his incredible Spirit is manifested within us. The temple is where God would meet with his people. Do you see? We are where God meets with his people. Just as the Tabernacle and the Temple were places where God manifested himself in the world, so we are places where God manifests himself in the world. We are housing the very presence of God on this earth! That is why Jesus says to go out and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20) - because when we go out into the world, we are bringing God's presence into the world.

Go and share God's glory with the world. His Spirit is within you, and that is a powerful thing!

Matt KellyComment