Being the Temple of the Living God
What did the Apostle Paul really mean when he said your body is a temple? Many Christians go around spouting this verse when they are judging a person for doing something that is not healthy in one way or another. They have equated this verse with healthy living and taking care of your body. However what did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote that your body is a temple? Did it mean abstinence from anything bad for your physical health? Is it another commandment we are to follow to prove that we are living at a higher level of spirituality than those that that are not as health or “temple” conscious. Could it be that the Apostle Paul was not even thinking about things like drinking alcohol in moderation, or the effects of caffeine or any other mild stimulant like diet pills, even the natural ones. Is that honestly what the Apostle Paul was talking about or is that man taking a scripture out of context to suit their agenda or personal bias? Well let’s look at the scripture in context and let’s see what the issue was of the day and why Paul was reminding people that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Your Body Is A Temple Scripture
There are actually 3 main passages in the Bible that refer to the body being a temple. I will list all three for you here and then I will explain them below.
16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Avoiding Sexual Sin
12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.
15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
The Temple of the Living God
14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:
“I will live in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD.
Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
18 And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”
Find out if Paul was talking about physical health on page 2
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