Regarding the Temple of God

Nadya Suleman gained worldwide attention on January 23 when she gave birth to octuplets in LA.  Becomin impregnated by in vitro fertilization, Suleman found herself adding eight newborns to her already bulging nest of six children. The news media dubbed this single mom: “Octomom.”

Controversy continues to swirl around the unemployed Suleman and the doctor (I call him Octodoc) who performed the implants. And now Octodad, claiming to be the sperm donor, has appeared in an interview with Good Morning America. How chaotic can it get?

The only blessing I see from the whole mess is the presence of eight precious little lives. I pray they will someday shed the stigma imposed on them by short-sighted, selfish adults.

The world, without the controls of God’s Word and Holy Spirit, continues on a path of self-destruction. Worldly people do not realize the implications of their decisions nor do they realize what they’re missing.

The human body is made up of 6 trillion cells, 100,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries sending 5 to 6 quarts of blood continuously pulsing through the body with the aid of a fist-sized heart. When, with the circulatory system, you consider the other systems: digestive, reproductive, muscular, respiratory, skeletal, etc., the human body is a miraculous machine – a breathtaking creation of God.

…but it’s even more.

Paul wrote:

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 Corinthians 3:16-17)

In this passage the Greek word for temple is naos. In the days of the Hebrew Temple, naos referred specifically to the Holy Place in the temple complex: the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies was home to the Ark of the Covenant, a box overlaid with gold and containing the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod and a jar of manna. Over the ark were stationed the figures of two cherubim, their wings outstretched over the mercy seat (the top of the ark). Above the mercy seat, between the wings of the cherubim, the Spirit of God dwelt “in unapproachable light” (1 Timothy 6:16). It was a place of indescribable holiness, glory and power.

Think of it, when you trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, God came to live in you. Your body is now a place filled with unapproachable light and the same indescribable holiness, glory and power of almighty God.

Where you go, you take God with you. What you do, you do it with the temple of the Holy Spirit. What you put into your body, you put it into the temple of God. What you do before others, what you say with your mouth, what you see with your eyes and what you hear with your ears, you do it with the temple of God and with the Holy Spirit inside of you.

Where have you taken the Holy Spirit today? How have you treated your body which is His temple?

The temple of God should be treated with great honor, respect and modesty.

Some may say, “I’m not hurting anyone. It’s my body, it’s my life, it’s my choice.”

Paul gave a response to such thoughts when he brings up the topic again in 1 Corinthians 6,

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? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6.19-20)

A number of times in Biblical history, the Hebrews defiled the temple of God when their moral standards mirrored the standards of the world.

What standards should we follow? Here’s a good rule of thumb: if the Bible, the Holy Spirit or the Body of Christ says it’s wrong, then don’t do it.

You are not your own. You don’t belong to your fleshly urges – no matter how innocent they may seem.

You don’t belong to yourself. You were bought with a great and terrible price (Acts 20.28; 1 Corinthians 7.23; Galatians 3.13; 1 Peter 1.18; Revelation 5.9). Jesus bought you for Himself, now you belong to Him (Isaiah 43.1).

God is living in you. As you grapple with this fact, begin to speak to Him: “Holy Spirit, what would You have me to do?” “How can I glorify Christ in this decision?” or “Holy Spirit, live Your life in me.”

With Him in me,

Pastor Steve

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