Summary: The Word of God records that we have become one with the Lord when we received the gift of salvation.
The book of 1 Corinthians 6:17 says this to us as children who belong to God
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. - NKJV
But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit - NIV
But he who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him. - GNT
When we have Jesus as the Lord of our lives, then the WORD of God says that we are joined together with Him in the spirit. We become one with the Lord and we do not belong to ourselves anymore. Been one with the Lord is beneficial to us his children. Our body becomes a temple where the Lord lives through his Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6: 19 - 20 records a powerful statement
"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? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s."
The amplified puts it this way
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body."
We have received the Holy Spirit as a gift from God and we have been bought at a price and the price was not an ordinary price, this price was through the precious blood of God's only begotten Son Jesus Christ and we are now His own therefore, we are to honor and glorify God with our body.
God cannot live in a body that is defiled, this is why he says that we are to honor and glorify Him through our body. We are not to use our body in ways that will grieve His Spirit by living and doing things to please ourselves. We need to always remember that God himself lives in us and we are to respect God that lives in us.
Scriptures on God living in us.
Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.
My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Romans 8: 9 - 11
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Guard [with greatest care] and keep unchanged, the treasure [that precious truth] which has been entrusted to you [that is, the good news about salvation through personal faith in Christ Jesus], through [the help of] the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith.
It is through faith that our body becomes the temple of God.
We are to honor God with our body.
The dictionary meaning of honor is
- To respect God with our body
- It's the quality of knowing and doing what is morally right.
- To praise God with our body
- To compliment God
- To glorify God with our body
Therefore, because our body is the temple of God the WORD of God says to us in Hebrews 13:5
"Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”