“Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

In the Old Testament (OT) the temple was the congregation of believers. The temple was recognized as the sacred dwelling place of God. The Shekinah glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle and the temple. Now, the glory of God in the person of the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer and thus inhabits the entire church. The OT priests took great pains to maintain a pure sanctuary for God’s presence. Every Christian ought also to care diligently for his body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, to honor God and the church.

Bought at a price alludes to someone purchasing a slave at a slave auction. With His death Jesus Christ paid the cost to redeem us from our slavery to sin. While it is true that this is applicable to all people, even those who deny the Lord, it has a very unique and special significance for the believer. Paul concludes with the imperative therefore, glorify God in your body. In other words, use your bodies in order that other people may see that you belong to God.

Freedom to live in Christ excludes living in opposition to Him. When we fall into sin, we can repent of the disunity we have brought. Jesus Christ will restore and renew us as His very own.

God’s blessings on your day…

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