BIBLE READING: JOHN 2:13-21; 1KINGS 6:7; 1CORINTHIANS 6:15-20; MATTHEW 21:12-13
“Do you not know that you are the Temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the Temple of God, God will destroy him. For the Temple of God is Holy, which Temple you are.” 1Corinthians 3:16-17 (NKJV)
One of the most common misconceptions about Christianity is that it’s a mere religion like many others. Nothing could be further from the Truth. The Scriptures are loaded with accounts of the Transforming Power of our Faith. One of such example is Saul of Tarsus who eventually became none other than Apostle Paul: “For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.” (Gal. 1:13) Consider this: Someone who was once regarded as public enemy number one to the Body of Christ eventually became the number one champion of the Early Church. This could only be possible through a combination of grace and consecration. The latter is powered by a revelation of our lives as the Temple of the Living God Himself.
It is the Will of God that we as Christian believers be sanctified entirely in our spirit, soul and body. (1Thess. 5:23) This is imperative because we are merely stewards of these three dimensions of our being. In other words, the Lord God Almighty is our Owner (hence the Name “Adonai” or “Lord”)so what we do with our lives, especially our bodies, must honour Him always. Let’s carefully consider what the Bible says to buttress this point: “And what agreement has the Temple of God with idols? For you are the Temple of the Living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 2Cor. 6:16(NKJV) The phrase “walk among them” is translated from the Greek word “emperipateo” which literally means “to perambulate or walk about with freedom.” The implication is that the Holy Spirit reserves the right to unfettered access as far as our lives are concerned, whether spirit or soul or body because, we are HIS TEMPLE where He is BEING WORSHIPPED.
Simply put, we as believers have a responsibility to shun vices under the umbrella of the lust of the flesh (like sexual immorality), the lust of the eyes (like covetousness) and the pride of life (like rebellion or pride) as an expression of our surrender. (1Jn. 2:16b) No obstacle or contrary transaction is permitted in our lives since we must give an answer to “Him to Whom we must give account.” (Heb. 4:13b)
Heavenly Father, we glorify Your Holy Name. Our entire spirit, soul and body is Your Temple therefore we yield afresh to You in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.