You are God’s Temple By Teresa Fields
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
…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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
There is a powerful truth revealed to believers in the New Testament in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. A believer is not an ordinary man or woman walking the earth. Once his spirit is born again, a Christian becomes a temple of the Spirit of God. Of course, a temple is a place of worship. God required a tent or building for His Presence to inhabit in the Old Testament. In those days, a human being could only have the Spirit of God come upon them for a time to accomplish what God told them to do. For example, the Spirit of God was upon Moses to lead the nation of Israel, and the same Spirit was given to seventy elders to help him. (Numbers 11:16-17)
But, for those who believe on Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. We are now the place God chooses to inhabit. This is only possible after our dead spirit is made alive by the new birth.
Ephesians 2:4-5 in the NIV says,
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…
We have received new life-eternal life-from God. His Life is now residing in each of us, in our born-again spirits.
According to Romans 6:23,
…the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul told the church in Galatia what this new life was like in Galatians 2:20:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Now, we can see how Paul could tell the Corinthian believers, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.” (1 Cor 6:19-20) So consider this awesome truth: “Christ lives in me!” According to God, that means we belong to Him and are here on the earth to do His will. And because we love Him, we desire to do what pleases our Heavenly Father. Jesus was our perfect example of a life yielded to God to do the Father’s will. The last part of verse 20 tells us to ‘glorify God’ in our body. Everything we say and do should bring honor and glory to God.
The world needs to see the visible evidence of the very Life of God in us. When we love one another and follow Christ, they can see the good works we do and praise God. This is a major reason for us to understand that we are temples of the living God.
Matthew 5:16 says,
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
From one temple to another,