1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “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.”
We, according to the book of Genesis, are created by God. We were created for a purpose. We are given a body. We are given a mind. We are given a soul. Deep in our soul is a hole. We can try to fill that hole with all that the world has to offer or we can fill it with God. The question is “Are you a temple of the world and all its putridness?” or “Are you a temple of God?”
Do you not know. This is rhetorical. We should know and never forget what Paul is about to ask next. We should know because God imparts wisdom on us. God has given us minds that are able to know great and wonderful amounts of things.
That you are a temple of God. Temple comes from the Greek word ναός naós, nah-os’; from a primary ναίω naíō (to dwell); a fane, shrine. This is about God, dwelling in us. We are to set up a shrine in our souls for God. We are to be the embodiment of God. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we are to invite Jesus into all parts of our being. This is not just a partial change; it is a full change from the old life to the new life.
That the Spirit of God dwells in you. The Holy Spirit was given to us by God to help us with our day-to-day life. When we are convicted in our hearts of something wrong, that is the Holy Spirit in us telling us what is wrong. We are also guided on what is right. The Holy Spirit will be there as much as we want or as little as we want if we choose to ignore. We have all of God in us but it is up to us how much we give of our selves.
If anyone defiles the temple of God. When we allow sin and Satan to creep into our lives, we defile ourselves. We turn from pure white perfection to black. We need to be cleaned again. Enter Jesus. His blood will take the black away and make us white again. Only Jesus can take all the muck, slime and putridness of sin away. If we defile ourselves, we must immediately ask for forgiveness from our sin so that we can be in right relationship in God.
God will destroy him. God promises to destroy those who choose to stay defiled. If we choose to remain in our sinful states, we cannot be with God. God and sin cannot live together. That is why when Jesus took on all our sins, God left His Son on the cross, alone. It was only after Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead that Jesus could once again ascend and be with God the Father. Jesus, when He died, took sin away and put it so far away that God will not see it on us if we have Jesus in our souls.
For the temple of God is holy. God is holy. He cannot sin. He lives in Heaven, where there is nothing but perfection. So when we invite God in, we invite in perfection. We do not stop sinning but the effect that sin has is completely taken away. Sin does not destroy us when Jesus is there. Sin does not hold us in bondage because of the name of Jesus. We are set free because of the gift of grace. Salvation makes the way for us to have God in us.
Which temple are you. Which temple are we? Do we choose the world that is filled with pain, suffering, heartache, strife, stress, anxiety, and anguish? Or do we choose God, who frees us from bondage, pain and all the evil of the world? The choice is clear and yet so many of us choose the world. We choose to live in the world, not outside of the world. If are truly God’s, we live for a place that is not on this Earth. It is in Heaven above. Let us be God’s and God’s alone. We are temples of God. Let us act more like that every day.
Thank You that You choose to live in us. We are so blessed that You love us so much. Help us to invite You in if we do not know You. For those of us that do know You, help us to keep You in our hearts. You alone are God and we can call You Father. You are so wonderful and amazing. I pray that all those that do not know You, invite You in and let You be Lord of their life now and forever.
In Your name we pray,