The written Word of God presents to us some very amazing statements of truth. Paul in writing to the believers in Corinth presents this great mind blowing truth to them in the form of a question: do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own, for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Paul uses questions as a way to drive home to the childish acting christians in Corinth great truths that impact the behavior of real christians. But this question contains major truths that each of us as children of God, as sons of God must hear, understand and live out every day. This is not meat but milk that all must desire sincerely and grow as a result of digesting milk truths like this one and others found in Paul’s letters to Corinth.
Paul ask this question as the answer to sexual misconduct among the believers at Corinth. Paul does not appeal to sexually transmitted diseases as reasons for curbing sexual misconduct. Rather he brings these believers and us face to face with this awesome truth, that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore we should not use God’s temple (our body) in the practice of sexual sins. Wish more christians young and old understood and applied this truth. Maybe sexual misconduct would be a great deal less than it is today among church folk.
What a statement Paul makes. Your body, my body is God’s dwelling place. It is not the church buildings that we see every where. It is not the Temple that will be built some day in Jerusalem. No it is the bodies of believers all over this planet. You are something else. God was very precise with every detail of the building of the earthly temple. How much more do you think is He with you and me as His temple? Men built the earthly one, but you and I are God’s workmanship. He is building us in Christ.
The next time you look at yourself in the mirror, stop and think… my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. He is IN me! Today use your body to glorify God. Let praise and thanksgiving come out of your mouth. Bless those you come in contact with today. Lift up your holy hands during the day to bless God and pray for those around you. Let the glory of the Lord be shown through your face, your smile. Let His peace flow from you to someone who is troubled. Use your tongue to speak a word of encouragement to someone who is loosing hope. Maybe God will use you to touch some one who is sick and bring healing to their body. Remember who is in you. He is able. He is God!!
Then there is the great question of why would the Spirit of God want to live in us. Well since the beginning God has wanted us to be made in His likeness and in His image. So God wants us to be like Him, to share in His life. He wants us to have life as He has it full of grace and truth; full of peace and fullness of joy, righteousness, holiness goodness and mercy and an abundance of grace flowing from us to others just like rivers of living water.
Secondly He wants to show up through us. He is invisible but can be made visible through us. It is light that shows up in darkness and reveals the presence of God who is all around us. That is what Jesus did. Remember He spoke to those who were around Him to look at the birds they neither sow nor reap … but your Father feeds them. Every one around Him was in the dark when it came to seeing God feeding the birds. Jesus brought light so that they could see what He saw. There are many around you who are in the dark concerning our Heavenly Father. You are that light that can dispel the darkness that others are in.
You may know of other reasons why God has decided to live in us. These are two that come to my mind. If you have others, please let me know.
Remember again: your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which you have received from God Himself. So glorify God in your body.