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"Your Body is the Temple" Christian Bible Sermon

You keep saying, "My body is a temple." I don't think it means what you think it means...

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? Flee immorality.

How often have you heard something like this? On the surface, this makes a sort of weird, backward sense like the plots of most Christopher Nolan movies. If my body is a temple, then I guess I should take care of it. After all, the people of Israel took care of the physical temple, so I guess that means I should take care of the temple of my body. While it was certainly true that God was omnipresent, in all places at all times, his presence was uniquely and specifically located in the temple. When God instructed the people of Israel to build the tabernacle and the temple, it was so that his presence could dwell in their midst. There was the distinct chance that he would come face-to-face with the real, immediate presence of God.

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And perhaps this declaration came in the wake of an argument against drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, piercing a part of your body, or getting a tattoo. This go-to verse has kept countless multitudes in reverent submission to a variety of cultural expectations. At least until many of those submissive masses come of age. When many inevitably rebel against the behavioral expectations set for them, are they rebelling against the word of God? Context matters. It appears rather straightforward. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?

I was a walking advertisement for an eating disorder. Which, incidentally, I had. I have also weighed more than pounds. Some times a good deal more. At the times I weighed more than pounds I also struggled with an eating disorder.

God forbid…. Ephesians ,22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: …. Psalm Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? New International Version Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You do not belong to yourself, English Standard Version Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?

4 COMMENTS

  1. Acalexib says:

    LET'S KEEP IN TOUCH

  2. Flex B. says:

    What does it mean that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? | inti-revista.org

  3. Mijail T. says:

    For years, I cringed every time I read our key verse about honoring God with my body and it being the temple of the Holy Spirit.

  4. Ilian C. says:

    Through scripture we know that God values our bodies. Our bodies are said to be a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are called to take care of and honor God's temple. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?.

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