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Are You Defiling the Temple? - Managing Your Body (6 of 8)
Series: Resource Management
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What would your reaction or response be if you walked in here this morning and
- There was graffiti on the walls?
- The carpet was ripped?
- The chairs were turned over and not set up?
- It smelled bad?
You would have probably been a little upset and agitated over the fact that the "house of the Lord" was not being cared for, or that it was defiled.
But what if I told you that this wasn't the "house of the Lord" at all?
What if I told you that YOU were the house of the Lord?
Would you be equally as frustrated and upset about YOUR physical condition?
In the passage we just read, the Apostle Paul tells us that we, individually, as followers of Christ who have been baptized by the Holy Spirit, are temples of the Holy Spirit.
The word "temple" in verse 19 is the word that was used for the Holy of Holies in the Jewish temple.
The Holy of Holies was a sacred place in the innermost part of the Temple where the Ark of the Covenant rested.
The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God.
It was in the Holy of Holies where only the High Priest of Israel was allowed to go once a year on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, to offer a sacrifice for the people.
There was a curtain that separated all of humanity from the Holy of Holies.
When Jesus breathed His last breath on the cross, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, signifying that you and I now have access to God through the blood of Jesus Christ,
In fact, the writer of Hebrews calls Jesus the "veil" or the "curtain" through which we enter the presence of God.
So, now, because of us having been baptized by the Holy Spirit, we have made peace with God and have the Holy Spirit living inside of us.
We are temples of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul also says in the verses we just read that we are not our own; we have been bought with a pric ...
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