By Laura Dewing
Comparing Our Temples With The Jerusalem Temple
In concluding our study, we will compare the Temple that was built in Jerusalem with the temple of the human body. In the above Scripture we are told to glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits which belong to God, and that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in us.
When the completed Jerusalem Temple was dedicated to God (see 2 Chron. 5), the glory of the Lord filled the house! We find previously when Moses completed the tabernacle in the wilderness (which had the same purpose as the Temple, but was a tent–see Exod. 26), the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle!
As you read through the Old Testament books of Chronicles and Kings, however, you find that the glory of the Lord was often far from the Temple because man had defiled it. In 2 Chron. 29 we find King Hezekiah bringing restoration to the Temple. He opened doors and repaired them. He had the priests carry out the filthiness out of the holy place and cleanse the inner part, bringing out all the uncleanness that they found.
So it is with the our temples. The first step in glorifying God in your body and in your spirit is to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. If you have never taken this step or are not sure of your salvation, write to us and we will help you in making this important decision.
If you are born again, but find in reading these articles that there are things in your life which are not glorifying to God in your body and spirit– things which are causing your temple to be defiled and unclean, you need to take steps to cleanse your temple and then keep it clean from all that would defile it.
Therefore put to death your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry (Col. 3:5). To put to death your members means not to feed or promote sin. Sometimes gangrene occurs in a part of our physical body. Gangrene means that an area is deadened because the supply of nutrients is cut off. Similarly, if you struggle with the temptation to drink, why do you visit the bar? Are you addicted to pornography? The sin of fornication is fed by what you see with your eyes and dwell on in your thoughts. For example: King David saw Bathseba bathing and rather than turning away, he continued looking. Finally, he sent for her that he might “lay with her.” Joseph on the other hand ran from temptation. He could have lingered with Potiphar’s wife and considered her proposition. After all, they were alone. Who would know? But Joseph lived to glorify the Lord. He said, “Why should I do this and sin against God?” And he ran away. He put to death his members, refusing to give himself an occasion to sin (see Gen.39).
The downfall of many believers is their fellowship with the ungodly. The Lord warned Israel that to marry the ungodly would cause them to go after other gods. King Solomon loved many foreign women and they turned his heart after other gods (see 1 Kings 11).
Much more could be written on the subject of glorifying God in your body and in your spirit–your temple. To conclude this study, I suggest that you read Isa. 6:1-8. Note vs. 1: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Is the Lord sitting upon the throne in your temple? Does He fill your temple or is He crowded to one side by other things?
The first step in glorifying God in your body and in your spirit
is to recieve Jesus christ as your Personal Savior and Lord.
There are three possibilities of having the Lord in your temple:
- He is sitting on the throne, and you are a humble servant at His feet gazing at Him in love and adoration, ready to respond to His call.
- You are on the throne with Him! In this way you are an equal–and thus, He is merely a business partner, not Lord.
- You are on the throne and the Lord is at your feet silently waiting to respond to your commands and wishes. In this way, you are in charge of your life, and the Lord is available to bless your desires and plans, ready to respond to your every need–and, when not needed, to remain close by but not involved.
Which of these descriptions describes your position with the Lord? We trust that you have invited Jesus to sit on the throne of your heart, and gazing at the one who shed His blood to redeem you, are listening for His voice.
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