Thursday, April 4, 2013


My next few blog posts will be thoughts and messages on the Holy Spirit that  I have shared with the local assembly God has placed us in.  I pray they will be a blessing to you.

Scripture reading: 1 Cor. 6:19-20

We are living in a “body-conscious” world. There are many products to clean up, paint up, prop up and fix up our bodies. There is great concern about physical shape today. Diets abound! Fitness and exercise clubs are all around us.

The Christian has another dimension to this attitude. The day you became a Christian, something happened to your body. This is what this blog post is about.

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! Vs 19 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost? Your body as a Christian is the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!  How awesome is that?

This reminds us of the temple in the Old Testament. What great care was given to it's design. What immense wealth was placed into it's construction. The people were to know that God dwelt there! Note the day of dedication of Solomon's temple (2 Chron 7:1-3, 12-15)

There is no such place in the age of grace! God no longer dwells in temples made with hands. The buildings we see used for church meetings are not God's temple. Those buildings are not even a church, it's just a place the church meets.

Your body is God's temple. Be careful where it goes. Be careful what it does. Be careful what it ponders. Be careful how it reacts.

The Holy Spirit lives within it's temple. Vs 19 “...which is in you?” How can that be? It's something like the creation of man. It's yet another proof of the mystery of God.

Let's see how clearly the Bible bears out this truth. Jesus makes the promise, But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me (John 15:26 ). The Book of Acts describes it in Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all in one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”
Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness”
The epistles explain it
Romans 8:9-11 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”

The result of all this is that the Holy Spirit is with you wherever you go! His power is available when you need it. Every word you speak and every deed you do is in His view. He is grieved at our inconsistencies.

The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to glorify God in His temple. The purpose of the creation of man is to glorify God. Stephen glorified God in giving his life. Paul glorified God in beatings and stonings. John, on the isle of Patmos, glorified God by suffering for his Lord. God can and should receive glory through your body and spirit – which are His!

Surrender your body to the Lord. Paul in writing to the Romans said in Romans 12:1 “...present your bodies a living sacrifice...”. Be mindful of where you go, what you do, what you say and how you behave. If you are a child of God, the Holy Spirit is with you – always! You are not your own! “...glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's”

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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