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. (1 Cor 3:16-17)
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Cor 6:19)
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2 Cor 6:16 – emphasis added)
The Word of God tells each and every believer, “You are the temple of the living God.” That’s pretty mind-blowing, right? Yes, we may accept it as fact that the Spirit of God indwells each one of us, but have we really thought deeply about it?
The physical, earthly temple of the Israelites had three parts:
- the exterior of the structure and outer court;
- the holy place (which the priests, alone, could enter), and
- the Holy of Holies within the veil that could only be entered once a year.
We also have three parts:
- Our body, the exterior part;
- Our soul where our minds, emotions, and will reside; and
- Our spirit, our inner heart—where the Spirit of God dwells and through which He works His works and sanctifies us wholly.
With respectful and joyful confidence, we need to ponder this mystery. The Spirit of God will direct our thoughts, actions, and lives if we will lovingly yield to Him. If we will obediently learn to be sensitive to the inner voice of the Spirit, He will unveil the mysteries of our faith to us. He will commission us to serve Him, and to serve others in the name of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is our guarantee of relationship—belonging.
. . . who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Cor 1:22)
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise . . . (Eph 1:13, see also Eph 4:30)
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit. This seal identifies us to angels and demons as being children of God and anointed by God—set apart unto Him. We belong to God; we are His prize and His possession. Take some time to ponder this truth, and to revisit it from time to time. You are blessed!