A People for His Temple

September 7, 2011 No Comments

In John 14:17, Jesus made this remarkable statement about the Holy Spirit to his disciples, “But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” The words “will be in you” only applied to the Twelve because the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was still future.

However, as New Testament, post-Pentecost believers in Jesus Christ, we have something the disciples never had when they walked with Jesus on this earth. We have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Jesus was with the disciples, but the Holy Spirit is in us as a permanent resident.

Don’t let yourself gloss over this reality without it gripping your soul. Be astonished that God would choose you as his dwelling place. Elsewhere in the New Testament, we learn that the Holy Spirit has made our bodies his temple.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

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 in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 2 Timothy 1:14

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. As my kid’s would say, “That’s sick!” which, if you can believe it, means cool, amazing and awesome. Think about it this way. In the Old Testament, God built a temple for his people; in the New Testament, God has a people for his temple.

Allow this truth to change the way you approach your day. As you go to work, drive the kids to school, shop for groceries, share a family meal, coach a Little League team, walk the dog, build friendships and more, remember that the Holy Spirit is in you and goes with you to assist you wherever you go.

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