Sunday, March 09, 2014

Ye Are the Temple of God

I heard a guy on a Christian radio station talk about the scripture in first Corinthians stating "ye are the temple of God".

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

It sounded to me that he was using that as a reason that he thought temples were no longer necessary. It is similar to the thought some have that we no longer have prophets because the Lord gave the Holy Ghost.

If the temple building itself is not important then why was Christ so adamant about running the money changers out of it and calling it His Father's house?

John 2:13-16
13 ¶And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

Many teachings in the scriptures are done through referring to things that the people already knew. It did not mean that the thing they were teaching about replaced the thing they used as a symbol.

Without understanding how important and sacred the temple is, one cannot grasp what it means to be the temple of God.

One would not decorate the temple of God in a flashy way or in an immodest way.  One does not speak coarsely in the temple.  One treats the temple with reverence and respect.  If we do not have temples in our lives how do we know what our standard is for the temple of God and how to be like it?

If we just relate it to the temples of the Old Testament, we cannot understand what the temple meant to those people.  Consequently, we will have no idea how to relate it to ourselves.

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