Ephesians 2:21-22; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Wait just a second! Did these two verses just say what I thought they said? Did they just say that the body of born-again believers, is the temple in which God through the spirit lives? OKAY, wait a minute, I thought that your personal body was a temple! So if I smoke, drink, put tattoos or piercings on it would be like tattooing the temple of GOD! YES, I’ve been taught that my body is a temple from the time I was little too. But where do they get that? Let’s dissect, or rightly divide the Word and find out for ourselves.
1 Corinthians 3:16; Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Look at the “ye” and the “ye are” these are second person plural pronouns. In the old English they used these words in a “You All” sense.
Let’s look at another reference.
2 Cor. 6:16; And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
There is that plural pronoun “ye are” again. There again if you notice all the plural pronouns throughout that sentence and take yourself out of the equation it gets easier. God is talking about a bigger picture. The whole body of believers.
If you, as an individual are THEE temple of God, how bad would you feel if you got in an accident and lost an arm or worse, was molested at a young age? Your “temple” wouldn’t be pure and whole. This is a “five senses” reality butting it’s nose into a spiritual reality. God’s SPIRIT gave us access to the Father by Jesus Christ, not your physical health, body or lack there of. His grace got us there, not our physical works. The temple of God is what the Word says it is, all the children of God, as a whole unit. It’s another way of saying the family of God. One more thought, the devil doesn’t like the family of God, he would love to destroy the whole thing, so he plants weeds among the fruit. Now read this verse below.
1 Corinthians 3:17; If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.
(Temple, is in brackets because it was added by the translators. It is not in the original manuscripts, read the verse without it and it changes the verse entirely.) Is God going to destroy a born again believer?? NO, he saved us! Who will he destroy?
Now read this verse.
2 Thessalonians 2:4; Who (the son of perdition, the devil) opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This is the Devil’s end game. He wants to be God. Who will God destroy from 1 Cor. 3:17? The man who defiles the temple of God, God’s children. The Devil.
Doesn’t the big picture make a lot more sense? I am glad it’s not just little ol’ me that could destroy what God built in three days. (See Matt. 26:61) It’s a bigger deal than that.
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