I have been thinking over how to write this post for a while now.  I think it is ironic how bent out of shape when something is broken or dirtied within the church and say, “It’s God’s holy temple.  We shouldn’t do that here.”   Yet I wonder that when they are out of the building living life on their own and they may be participating in sin – do they ever stop and say to themselves, “This is God’s holy temple.  I shouldn’t be doing this.”  Keep in mind this post isn’t aimed at anyone in specific – but it is aimed at a mindset that is off base and Biblically wrong.  The thing is that sometimes I even fall into this way of thinking.  This leads us to a simple yet profound question;

So what is God’s holy temple?

Lets take a look at Scripture and see if it can be defined as to what it really is.  In 2 Chronicles 2:4-6 it says this,

“Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before him, and for  the regular arrangement of the showbread, and for burnt offerings morning and evening  on the Sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts of the LORD our God, as ordained forever for Israel.  The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?”

We know that the author of Chronicles is unknown although some believe it to be Ezra.  We do know that these are Chronicles of Solomon’s reign.  Here we see Solomon preparing to build a temple to burn incense to God and make offerings in.  Throughout the Old Testament we see temples used for this purpose.   At times there are even tents when the Israelite’s were in the wilderness.  Tents were portable but also maybe tents were used because the Israelite’s couldn’t enter the fullness of the temple because they weren’t allowed into the Promised Land.  God’s Spirit resided within the temples and tents…within the ‘holy of hollies.”   The question we have to ask is, “Why did God’s Spirit reside in man made temples in the OT?”

God’s Spirit resided in the temple because Christ hadn’t yet come. In John 14:15-16 it says this,

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

Jesus tells us that when he asks the Father to send us another Counselor that he would.  That Counselor is the Holy Spirit.   In Mark 1:8 we see John the Baptist saying this,

“I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In Mark we see John telling the people that Jesus would come and baptize them with the Holy Spirit.  So how are we baptized with the Holy Spirit.  It’s pretty simple.  Jesus says that he will ask the Father to send us a Counselor – the holy Spirit – and he will.  So when we accepted Christ we were baptized with the Holy Spirit.  So why didn’t people in the OT have the Holy Spirit living in them?  Jesus hadn’t come and asked the Father to send him to them.  This is a benefit we have of fulfilled prophecy.

One of the major differences we have now is that the Holy Spirit no longer resides within the ‘holy of hollies” but resides within us.  So what does this imply about God’s holy temple?  I’ll write more on that in Part 2.