Thursday, April 18, 2013

In Christ - I am a temple of the Holy Spirit

I am the temple of the Holy Spirit...

I Corinthians 6:19,20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.  

From John MacArthur's Study Bible (1 Corinthians 6: 12-20)

"As one who is washed, sanctified, and justified eternally by God's grace, the believer is set free.  The Corinthians had done with that freedom just what Paul had warned the Galatians not to do:  'Do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh' (Galatians 5:13).  So in this section, Paul exposed the error in the Corinthian Christians' rationalization that they were free to sin, because it was covered by God's grace.

6:19 - "A Christian's body belongs to the Lord (v. 13), is a member of Christ (v. 15), and is the Holy Spirit's temple.  Every act of fornication, adultery or any other sin is committed by the believer in the sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, where God dwells.  In the OT, the high priest only went in there once a year, and only after extensive cleansing, lest he be killed (Lev. 16).

6:20 - "The precious blood of Christ is the price that was paid - and our supreme purpose is to glorify God in everything."

I'd never thought of it quite like that - we bring our sin right into the Holy of Holies - right into the presence of Jesus - who shed His blood so we could be free from the bondage of sin.  How our sin must break His heart!  How can we continue to drag our muck and mire into the sanctuary of the Most High God?!  I hope you'll take a really good look at your life and think about what you're bringing into His presence. 

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