You Are God’s Temple, Part 2 By Teresa Fields
Something amazing happens when we are born again into God’s family. The life of God, the nature of God, and the light of Heaven comes to dwell in us! We are made alive spiritually by the power of the Holy Spirit so that Jesus can live through us. Before this took place, each of us was an earthen vessel that needed to be filled. When we heard the Good News of salvation and received it, God had permission to fill us with His light and His life.
Look how Paul the apostle describes what takes place inside believers in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7a (NLT):
6 For God, Who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness, ‘has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure…
The Holy Spirit has come to live in us to make us a holy place for God’s Presence. Paul said that we are the temple of the Lord in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (Amp):
19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20 You were bought with a price…
The price that was paid is Jesus coming to this earth, taking on a physical body, so He could offer it as a sacrifice for all mankind.
The Gospel of John explains this so well. John chapter one in the ESV has the title, “The Word Became Flesh” and verse one says,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:4 in the New Living Translation says:
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.
Jesus is called ‘the Word’ in these verses since He literally was and is a fulfillment of God’s Word in the Old and the New Testaments. He was present during Creation with the Father (Gen 1:26), because He always existed before time and the creation of the universe. So how could this eternally existing God come to free us from the results of the Fall of Adam and Eve?
Jesus took on the form of a man. In John 1:14 (ESV), we read:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 in the Amplified Classic version expands this concept:
And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory…
The light and life of God took up residence in a human body in Mary’s womb to live among us and fulfill God’s plan to redeem us. In order to understand how God comes to dwell in us, let us focus on the word ‘tabernacled.’ The Amplified expands that word to say that Jesus set up His tent among us when His presence took on the form of man. In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle was carried from place to place and set up where the Israelites camped. A building was not suitable to worship in, since they were wandering in the desert. God showed them how to create a moveable tent that could be broken down, carried, and then reconstructed as they travelled.
This tent was unlike any other, however, since it was specifically designed for worship and housed the Ark of the Covenant. It was a holy place where God chose to bring His Presence. Now each believer is the tent or temple that God calls a place of worship where He chooses to bring His Presence to dwell. So, you may ask, how do we worship in this temple? In Romans 12:1 we are told to:
…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
You can present yourself before God and worship Him, because you are God’s temple!
From one temple to another,