It is no dispute what the Temple of the Old Testament was. Built in the days of king Solomon of Israel, the richest man who ever lived, the Temple was a gorgeous and costly building, taking many years to finish. There was gold, silver, precious gems, beautiful cloth, engravings; and all the work was done by the most talented craftsmen to be found.
At its dedication, when Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven. The glory of the LORD Jehovah filled the temple, and all the people fell on their knees and worshipped saying, “for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.”
But while it is clear what is meant there, I think that people might be a little unclear as to who or what the temple is, as referred to in the passage in 1 Corinthians 6.
1 Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
In this verse, we think that it means that our individual bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost…that is what I always thought…and maybe that is part of the meaning.
But wait. Read it again. Because this is the perfect example of how specific the word of God is. The meaning is completely lost in other versions of the Bible! You will only get this if you use KJV. In the KJV, thee, thou, and thy are singular, and you, your, yours, etc are plural.
Try reading it with that in mind:
What? know ye not that your (plural!) body (singular) is the temple (singular) of the Holy Ghost which is in you (plural), which ye (plural) have of God, and ye (plural) are not your (plural) own?
If it is all still gibberish to you, hang on a sec. I’ll explain.
If Paul had been saying that our individual bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, he would have said, “What? know ye not that your BODIES ARE the TEMPLES of the Holy Ghost”! But instead he tells us that our [born again believers] body (all together; corporate body; group) is the temple.
Reminds me of what Jesus said…Matthew 18:20
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
I’m not saying that the Spirit doesn’t indwell in us individually. Absolutely not! I mean exactly what I pointed out…the temple of the Holy Ghost is the Church as a group.
Now for what I think on the subject, I think Paul is trying to tell them that, just like the Spirit of God literally dwelt in the Temple in the days of Old, in the same way, God literally dwells in the midst of believers. He is present with us wherever we may meet.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
(Just like no one was to defile the Holy place or Holy of Holies or they would die.)
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God…
What do you think? Did you notice anything I didn’t? Did that change your perspective a little bit? ↓↓↓ Please leave a comment! 🙂 ↓↓↓