You are God’s Temple, Part 3 By Teresa Fields
John 1:14 (NKJV)
The Word Becomes Flesh.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Our last study discussed the fact that Jesus took on the form of a man in order to dwell among us. So when we are born again, we also have the Spirit of God living inside us and we become His temple (also called a tabernacle in the Old Testament).
John 1:14 in the Amplified translation says:
And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us…
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines the verb tabernacle this way:
To dwell; to reside for a time; to be housed; as we say, Christ tabernacled in the flesh.
He was the he first man to walk this earth as God living inside a man. So how is it that Jesus Himself comes to live in us? The answer is found by following the verses in John chapter 14 where Jesus explains to His disciples what will happen after He leaves them.
First of all, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit in John 14:16-17:
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
The world cannot receive the Spirit because a person must be born again (see John 3:3-6). But the believer will have the Holy Spirit living inside him forever!
Let us continue with the words of Jesus in John 14:18-19:
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live.
Notice that Jesus said when the world could no longer see Him, He would come to those who believe in Him. How is that possible after giving His life for the world, being raised up, and returning to Heaven? The answer is found in verse 23.
John 14:23 (Amp):
Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
The Father and the Son know the hearts of men-those who love the Lord and those who do not. Jesus promised that both He and the Father will come to make their home in the believer. Each of us becomes a special dwelling place for the Presence of God! This is a fulfillment of His ultimate desire to dwell in our hearts rather than in any building.
Stephen preached about this to the people in Jerusalem in Acts 7:48-49:
Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?
Paul exhorted the church in Corinth to realize that they are housing the Presence of God, since some members were living like people in the world. In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, he said:
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Consider yourself to be a holy place, the temple that God has chosen to make His home in. His presence in you makes you holy, and the Spirit of God has brought the Father and the Son to live in you forever. There is no need to search for some special location to find God. As the worship song says, “He’s as close as the mention of His Name-Jesus!” He wants to have a continuous relationship with you and teach you how to become more like Him. Anywhere you are, He is there with you. Whenever you desire to hear Him, He can speak to your heart and encourage you. So serve and worship Him with your whole being, for you are God’s temple!
From one temple to another,