This is my second post in a 2 part series on ‘God’s holy temple.’  You can read the first post here.  Now obviously these aren’t exhaustive in depth on the topic, but hopefully I have built enough of a ground work and have used Scripture correctly to relay – in a Biblical context – what constitutes as God’s holy temple.

In the first post we saw that the Holy Spirit resided within the holy of hollies in the tents and temples n the OT but when Christ came he said he would ask the Father to send us a Counselor – the Holy Spirit – and that the Father would.  When we accept Christ we receive the Holy Spirit and are baptized by the Spirit.  The interesting thing is that now we have the Spirit living within us – not a building.  There is no doubt that God wanted the temples built with great attention to detail.  I think the same application is still valid for us today.  When we build something it should be the best because “… for our God is greater than all gods…”  We should pay a great deal of attention to detail in building our churches.  I think God’s Word supports this.

But what is God’s holy temple?  This is the question we need to answer.  Lets look at what God says about man-made buildings.  Acts 7:46b-50 says this,

“So it was until the days of David,  who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for him.  Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,
“‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things?’

Here we see God declaring that the Heavens are his throne – where he dwells.  Steven hits on an interesting thing in saying, “Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands.” So God doesn’t live in our buildings.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t live in our buildings.  Are our buildings sacred?  Not at all.   So what makes our buildings special?  The fact that we meet in them.  And it’s not us that make them special – it’s the fact that Christ is living within us.  ALL of his righteousness – he has taken up residence within us.  WE are God’s holy temple.

The thing is that our buildings are going to get dirty.  Our buildings are going to get broken.  They will get stained and that’s ok.  God doesn’t live here.  He doesn’t take offense when there’s a stain on the carpet or a broken window.  I’m not suggesting we let our buildings go to ruins but what I am suggesting is that it’s ok when these things happen.

What should concern us more is what we do with God’s temple – our bodies!  How do we treat them?  Are we lazy?  Are we gluttons?  Do we participate in sin?  How do we view these things in the light that WE are God’s temple and are polluting God’s temple far more than any stain could ever damage carpet or a scratch could damage a pew?

Buildings are tools that are meant to get used and they show signs of wear and tear.  This is a good thing – it shows that ministry is happening.  Our buildings aren’t sacred or holy.

Our bodies are.

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