Jesus gives us the definition what the temple is.
John 2:19-22. Jesus answered them, "Destroy
this temple, and I will
raise it again in three days." The Jews
replied, "It has taken forty six years to build this temple,
and you are going to raise it in three days?" But the temple
he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the
dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they
believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
He said the temple was his body. Paul talks about
our body being the holy temple of the living God. The way God
dwells in us is through the Holy Spirit. God does not live in
temples built by human hands, but in our hearts through faith.
Then we "have power, together with all the saints, to grasp
how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to
know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled
to the measure of all the fullness of God."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Do you not know that your body is a
temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you
were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with you body.
2 Corinthians 6:16-18. What agreement is there between the
temple of God and idols? For we are the
temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live
with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and
they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be
separate, says the lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will
receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my
sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Ephesians 2:19-22. Consequently, you are no longer
foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people
and members of God's household, built on the foundation of
the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the
chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined
together and rises to become a holy temple
in the lord. And in him you too are being built together to
become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16-19. I Pray that out of his glorious riches
he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your
inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through
faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in
love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp
how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may
be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
We are to form a "spiritual house" of
God and be its "pillars" and" living stones".
We are to be a "living sacrifice", continually offering
the sweet incense of praise. We are to honor God with our bodies
and allow Him to keep them clean so He may continually abide
through the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 2:4-10. As you come to him, the living Stone
rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him you
also, like living stones, are being build into a spiritual
house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it
says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious
cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put
to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is
precious. But to those who do not believe, the stone the
builders rejected has become the capstone." A stone that
causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."
They stumble because they disobey the message which is also
what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a
royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of
darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a
people, but now you are the people of God: once you had not
received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Hebrews 13:11-16. The high priest carries the blood of
animal into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the
bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also
suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy
through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the
camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have
an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a
sacrifice of praise the fruit of lips that confess his name. And
do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such
sacrifices God is pleased.
John the Revelator explicitly reveals how God
views the temple prophetically. He says "him who overcomes I
will make a Pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he
leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of
the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out
of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
He who has an ear; let him hear what the Spirit says." We
see here that the temple that is being rebuilt and the Jerusalem
that is being reformed is us. Are you one of his temples?
Revelation 21:22-23. I did not see a temple
in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are
its temple. The city does no need the sun or
the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light,
and the Lamb is its lamp.
Revelation 3:11-13. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you
have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes
I will make a pillar in the temple of my
God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the
name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new
Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God:
and I will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
In Acts 17 we have the famous sermon from Mars
Hill. Paul is speaking from the Areopagus the huge amphitheater
built in honor of the planets and other Athenian gods. In his
articulate sermon he speaks of God not living in their beautiful temples
but in our souls. He also ties this together with the concept of
the "appointed times" and "boundaries of their
habitation" and "judge the world in
righteousness". As we shall see in the following studies
this language has reference to the spiritual message of the
stars, not worshiping them like the Athenians, but knowing how
they signal the appointments with God and revealing how God wants
to habitate in human body sanctuaries to make them brides for the
Bridegroom who will come for her in the starry heavens.