1 Corinthians 3:16
Monday, July 10 2017
“Don’t you know that you yourselves
are God’s temple
and that God’s Spirit lives within you?”
That’s amazing really, when you think about it!
Me: sinful, frail, weak, fickle, sick and aging me! And God considers me His “temple”!
Me: with all my defects and faults, blemishes and imperfections! And God’s most Holy and pure and perfect Spirit lives within me!
Before the coming of Christ to earth, and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon every believer at Pentecost after His ascension – in Old Testament times – God was only present in certain places and His Spirit only came upon certain people:
- in the Sinai desert, when the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, God’s dwelling place was in the Tabernacle
- once Israel possessed the Promised Land of Canaan, God’s dwelling place became the Temple
- in general, the Spirit of God only came upon a few special individuals, like prophets and leaders and sometimes ordinary people, and He only stayed for a short time until His mission was accomplished
Then, when Jesus came and lived on earth, He Himself was the “tabernacle” or the dwelling place of God among men. As John 1:14 declares: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling [tabernacled] among us…” And when He was baptized in the Jordan River by His cousin John, “the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)
After Jesus’ ascension, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit appeared yet again: this time while all the believers were together in one place, with the sound of a mighty heavenly wind that filled the entire house, with tongues of fire that rested upon each one there – and with an infilling of great power, as Jesus Himself had promised before He left.
Since that day, the Holy Spirit’s infilling and indwelling are available for every believer in the salvation and the lordship of Jesus Christ. No longer does He simply come upon them for a time – now He is here to stay, vibrantly dwelling and living within them. Since that day, every one who confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in her heart that God raised Him from the dead, will be saved – and their mind and heart, body and spirit will become the dwelling place of God’s Holy Spirit.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow-citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)
So remember this today, as incredible as it is: you yourself are God’s temple, His tabernacle, His dwelling place – and His Spirit lives within you!
1 Corinthians 3:16: so worth memorizing and guarding in our hearts!
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