“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you” – 1Corinthians 3:16
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Spirit of God in a believer is the image of God.
We have seen in our preceding studies that God’s original plan has always been for Him to dwell in man and this became a reality in His resurrection. One would have to be born again first, born of the Spirit to be able to house God; because God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must do so in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). When Jesus used the phrase “in Spirit and in truth”, it means “in the son”, “in the finished work of Christ”. At Christ’s incarnation, God wasn’t joined with man but was only joined to Jesus of Nazareth. God was only among them then; He couldn’t be joined with them because it will only take His death, burial, resurrection and ascension and our subsequent believe for us to be joined with God in Spirit. At His resurrection and ascension, He came back as “another comforter” (Greek: allosparakletos) in the Spirit. He is joined with us by faith, by His finished work. Interestingly, as beautiful as the temple of Solomon was, it wasn’t still God’s plan to live there and He never lived there because the scripture says, “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24). And Jesus said, “…Destroy this temple, in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19); here He was referring to the outcome of His death, burial and resurrection. The result being that from then upward, God will take up His abode in every man that believe in the Gospel, Christ’s finished work.
The word “Temple” is used to describe where one dwells or stays permanently. Paul referred to believers collectively as the habitants of God through the Spirit; that is, where the Spirit is and this is based on the fact that individually the spirit lives in each of us. “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). So individually, we have access into the body of Christ, but that access brings us into a corporate status by the Spirit. “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his spirit” (1John 4:13); God is not in a location, He is in you and through you, He reaches out to everyone. The Spirit of God in us is the image of God; the way you know a believer is by the Spirit; it is not a personal identity but a corporate one.
INSTRUCTION: You are sealed with the Holy Ghost; acknowledge this!
PRAYER: I affirm that I have received the spirit of God which now lives in me, my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God is not in a location, He is in you and through you.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14 EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15