When God chose us to be His temple, I doubt He was thinking of us as stately, ornate buildings like so many churches, cathedrals, and temples are seen. He had in mind sinful, ordinary vessels made clean by the blood of Christ at Calvary. We can keep our “temple” clean and holy every day through staying in the Word, prayer, and the power of His Holy Spirit.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair

God’s temple

Each New Year the Lord gives me a special word. This year the word is Temple.

The first temple, or sanctuary, came about while Moses spent 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai to receive God’s instructions. The Lord wrote the Ten Commandments for His people and then told Moses how the Israelites should build a sanctuary—a temple, a dwelling place for God. Among other things, the temple contained the rod Moses used in causing miracles, a pot of manna, the Ten Commandments and a curtain separating God from man.

The curtain in the Jerusalem temple was torn when Jesus died on the cross, signifying the way is now open for us to reach God. Since then, God’s Holy Spirit replaced the man-made dwelling place and resides in our hearts. In fact, we are now His temple.

“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) Although this text pertains to sexual sin, it can include much more. God would have us be free of any sin.

We who embrace Christ as our Savior and Lord are indwelt by His Spirit. We hold Moses’ rod as a symbol of His authority over all things we think, say and do. We also recognize it as God’s protection and safety over us. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

The Ten Commandments remind us to remain holy. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God … do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind …” (Romans 12:1-2)

The Lord’s first temple was built with care and precision, filled with costly, beautiful jewels. We too contain His gems of beauty because we have the fruit of the Holy Spirit within us. Therefore, we must keep unholy things away from our minds, our five senses and our hearts. It means that we stay close to Him through His Word and listen to Him through prayer.

Lord, thank You for Your Spirit residing in us. Guide us during 2020 as we keep our inner temple holy in all that we think, say and do. In Jesus’ name, amen.