How well do you house the Holy Spirit?
Or do you not know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit within you …
— 1 Corinthians 6:19
Historically temples have been places where gods were perceived as living. Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem as a place not so much to house God, but where people might knowingly encounter God. Modern churches, especially the sanctuary, are still considered as sacred places where people can knowingly connect with God.
Paul uses this idea of a temple as a dwelling place for God when talking about our physical bodies. For within each person resides a connection with the Holy Spirit. He wants us to take as good care of our bodies as we would take care of our worship space, for the first and last place that we encounter God is within our own bodies. While the larger context of this statement is to shun sexual unions that do not glorify God, his argument has implication for less serious sins: overeating, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and other abuses of the body that God has specifically crafted for each person.
I will have more to say about 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 14th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
See if your child can answer this riddle: “What goes with you everywhere you go?” Your shadow!
The faith question is “Who goes with you wherever you go?” Jesus!
Matthew records these as the last words of the risen Jesus to his followers:
I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.
— Matthew 28:20b