We Are God’s Living Temple: 1 Corinthians 3:16

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1 Corinthians 3:16New International Version (NIV)

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?


The Samaritan woman asked Jesus where people ought to worship God – on Mount Gerizim (where a Samaritan temple once stood) or at the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Jesus surprised her by saying that the time was soon coming when men would not worship God at either spot but “the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:19-24 RSV). Indeed, as Stephen later said, “The Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 7:48 NKJV).


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If God doesn’t dwell in temples built by men, where does He dwell? Jesus promised His disciples that although, up to that time, the Holy Spirit dwelled with them, he would soon dwell in them (John 14:17).   

Paul stated it clearly when he asked Christians, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16 RSV). He further stated, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,” and emphasized that that was why we ought to live holy lives (1 Corinthians 6:19 RSV; 2 Corinthians 6:16-17).


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What an awesome privilege – to be a temple of the Spirit of God!


– From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.


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