You Are God’s Temple
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
—1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When Jesus gave up His life on the cross, there were many miraculous signs. There were great earthquakes and the sky became dark. Many righteous men rose from the dead and walked the streets of Jerusalem. But something spectacular happened in the Holy of Holies located in the temple of Jerusalem. In that place was a veil that separated mankind from God’s manifested presence. This veil, which hung from the ceiling to the floor, was reported to be almost three feet thick. Immediately after Jesus’ death, it was supernaturally ripped in half from the top to the bottom.
Why was it ripped in two? It was God’s way of showing us that He would no longer live in a temple built by human hands. Since sin had been dealt with through the death of Jesus, God was no longer bound to keep Himself separated from mankind. He could now come close to humanity again. He could now walk with us again like He did with Adam in the Garden of Eden.
God’s intention has always been to be intimate with us. In the beginning when God created Adam, the scripture says that He formed Adam from the dust of the earth. Then, God Himself breathed into the nostrils of Adam the very life and nature of Himself. It is at this point that the scriptures declare that Adam became a living soul.
Before the breath of God entered Adam, he was lifeless. You could say that he was dead. Before we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our lives, we were dead because of our sin. But when we bent our knee to Jesus and made Him our Master, God breathed the breath of life into us. It was at this point that our spirits were made new and the very life and nature of God entered us.
If you are truly a Christian, then God is closer than you might think. He’s not so far away in heaven that you have to shout when you pray. No, He lives inside of you. As the scripture says, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives you. Today, God lives in the in the spirit of every believer. He doesn’t live in buildings or temples built with the blood and sweat of men. We are the temples of the Most High God!
So the next time you feel small and are tempted to become fearful, take a step back mentally and remember who you are. You are a habitation of God Himself. Say to yourself, “I’m not alone. God lives in me! The Holy One of Israel abides in me. With God inside of me, how can I be weak or defeated? I am a temple of the Most High God!”
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me,
he will obey my teaching. My Father will love
him, and we will come to him and make our home
Don’t you know that you yourselves are
God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in
—1 Corinthians 3:16
What agreement is there between the temple
of God and idols? For we are the temple of the
living God. As God has said: “I will live
with them and walk among them, and I will be
their God, and they will be my people.”
—2 Corinthians 6:16