Summary: Paul tells the Corinthian Christians that there is a temple in which God does dwell and which should be dedicated as a house of the Lord Jesus Christ, a place of holiness and peace, set apart from the world. As a believer you are the Temple.
THE HOLY TEMPLE
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.
Introduction: Throughout history man has created edifices to be used as places of worship to offer sacrifices, and meet with their god or gods. They have build beautiful cathedrals and temples viewed as being places specially set apart for spiritual service and regarded as sacred, and of real or assumed purity. The Latin word Templum from which we get the English word Temple is the equivalent of the Hebrew Beth Elohim, and signified the abode of Deity; therefore, as associated with divine worship, it meant literally the House of the Lord. The Israelites were instructed by God to construct the tabernacle as a meeting place for worship and service to God. In Exodus 29:43-46 we read, “And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory. So I will consecrate the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. I will also consecrate both Aaron and his sons to minister to Me as priests. I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” Solomon built and dedicated the Temple as a permanent House of the Lord. It was to be the representation to the world of God’s indwelling Presence, Power and Majesty. After observing the temples of Athens built to a plethora of gods, Paul writes, “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.” (Acts 17:24) Paul tells the Corinthian Christians that there is a temple in which God does dwell and which should be dedicated as a house of the Lord Jesus Christ, a place of holiness and peace, set apart from the world. That temple is each and every believer.
I. The Temple - the place of God’s Indwelling Presence
A. 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
B. 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
C. The unique and special mark of the people of God is God’s indwelling Spirit.
D. So near, so very near to God
I cannot nearer be
For in the Person of His Son
I am as near as He – F.B. Meyer
E. Consider the Privilege of being the physical representation of God to the world.
F. Blessedness is the state of God indwelling man through the miracle of the new birth, when man goes to Jesus Christ for salvation. - - Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, Pulpit Helps, March 1996
G. 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;