1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Apostle Paul is asking this question to the Church which is enriched in everything from God. They were full of gifts but living a life of ignorance. I want to ask you like Paul asked, “Are you ignorant? “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? And if anyone defiles the temple of God,
God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy. Whose temple are you? Do not miss this message and let it be an eye opener. Reset yourselves today! And come to the Lord.
Corinth is located in southern Greece about 50 miles from Athens and the Corinthian Church was in the midst of many temples of Aphrodite, Posedian, Apollo, Hermes,Venus-Fortuna, Isis etc. One temple was dedicated to all the gods, called Pantheon.This place was a centre of cults of the gods of Egypt, Roman and Greece. Almost thousand priestesses who were sacred prostitutes were there in these temples and in the evening, they plied their trade upon the streets of Corinth, until it became a Greek proverb, ‘It is not every man who can afford a journey to Corinth.’ She had a reputation for commercial prosperity, but she was also a byword for evil living.
I would like to give more facts about the land of Corinth but I want to share something more important than this. We know that in the midst of this filthy and sinful land of Corinth, God gave a breakthrough to the people who were once in the bondage of sin, through his servant, Paul. You must understand one fact that Paul had more trouble with the church at Corinth than any other churches. Transformation of lives in a place like Corinth is impossible when seen with the naked eye, but the Gospel of God has transformed a worthless sinner and washed him in His Blood. He brought him out as a saint and made him the pillar of the Church. Paul was addressing the people of Corinth. He wrote that they are not like other temples around, but that they are the Temple of the Living God and the Spirit of God dwells in them. Here is the good news I want to share with my readers. Do not lose heart. God will transform your husband. Wait for a few more days and you will see a transformation in your family and in your job. The power in the Gospel of God transforms any sinner and the Power in His Blood cleanses any sin and the power in the Word of God changes any heart. Praise be to God! If this corinthian Church can be enriched in every gift of God in the midst of the evil land, then do not blame your circumstances. Do not blame your family if you can’t grow in the Lord. Set your mind today and do not be ignorant- BECAUSE YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD AND THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU.
As the church was growing day by day in the Lord, the devil was troubled and he started to sow the weeds of division, envy and sexual immorality in the church. How do you know that the church was growing? 1 Corinthians 1:5 and 7 says that they were enriched in everything and was short in no gift.
Knowing this condition of the Church, Apostle Paul writes an Epistle to the church mentioning about the Christian conduct. Yes! The Epistle of 1 Corinthians is about the Christian conduct. In the Old Testament, we could see God putting a desire of building a Temple of God in the hearts of some people like David, Solomon, Ezra, Nehemiah, Zerubabel and Noah. We learn that in (1 Kings 6) Solomon brought woods, gold, brass and built a beautiful temple of God. On the day of dedication, while he was praying with huge crowds, behind him, the glory of God filled the temple and the priest could not enter the house of the Lord. The children of Israel saw how the fire came down and they also saw the Glory of the Lord on the temple. They bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshipped and praised the Lord. Saying “For he is good, and His mercy endures forever” (2 Chronicles 7:1-6). The unique feature that sets apart the Temple of God from all other worldly temples is that there was no idol in it. It contained only the Mercy seat over the ark and Cherubim overshadowing the Mercy Seat. In other words, the mercy seat in the temple of God showed His presence. This is Old Testament but let’s ponder upon New Testament….We see one man who laid hands on the diseased and they were healed. He called the dead from the grave, gave sight to the blind, healed the deaf and He declared one thing in the midst of that generation “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” The world said that he was talking about the Temple of Jerusalem. The rulers and Pharisees said he was talking about the temple built by their forefathers but No! He was talking about the temple which left the heavenly Glory and came to this sinful world, incarnate in the flesh- He is Jesus Christ himself, the only God and the only Savior. He declared to the world that if anyone wanted to destroy him (the temple) , he could destroy and the rulers of Roman Empire destroyed the temple( Jesus Christ ). But they did not know the power in the Temple (Jesus Christ), the power that broke the Roman Seal,the grave, the power that took the sting of death and the power that bruised the head of the serpent (Satan). Till that day, the world thought that the temple means the four cornered building made by wood and bricks, furnished by gold and silver. But let me tell you today. The temple is neither the cross nor the four storey building. It’s not the place furnished by gold and silver but it the place where the presence of God dwells and the place where his mercy throne is set. Do you not know that you are the temple of God? And that the spirit of God dwells in you? 2 Timothy 1:7, ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.’
Dear Child, don’t be ignorant about the power of God that is given to us by His grace.Do you not know that the power inside you can break the bondage of tradition? Do you not know that the power inside you can break the yoke of Satan?
Do you not know that the power inside you can heal your disease? Do not walk like mere men. The Devil is a liar and he will never allow you to know the power that is given inside you. The devil has recognized the anointing inside you. Today is the day for you to recognize that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. In Genesis 1:2, it is written that the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. The word ‘hovering’ has a deep meaning. It means “to remain”. Even though the earth was void and empty and there was darkness upon the face of the deep, the Spirit of God was hovering over!! Oh my God, you may be surrounded by the darkness of this generation, you may be living in the midst of cults of this world but if you choose to cling unto God, the spirit of God is above and over every circumstance and darkness of this world which is pulling you back. Jesus took three of his disciples and transfigured before them, his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as light, a bright cloud overshadowed them and they
heard the voice out of the cloud, Peter when experienced the presence of God he said it is good for us to be here…See the one who has tasted the presence of God will find the earthly things as rubbish… Oh! Think of that day when we will be with Jesus and we will eat from the Tree of Life…we are so blessed and highly favored!
If you are person who has not yet received the Holy Spirit, let this message enable you to have a thirst to receive. If you pray today with an open heart and with thirst today to receive the Holy Spirit, God will give ears to your prayer. It doesn’t matter where you are. You may be in the office, or in your living room. Have a thirst to receive the Holy Spirit and He will change your vision. He will change you completely. He will change your husband. He will change your wife and your family. And to those who have received the Holy Spirit. Do you know why sin entered into the Church of Corinth? Because they were ignorant about whom they were! Do not be ignorant and be aware of that you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you!!
You are blessed!