Did you know that you are God’s temple? Did you know that God’s Spirit lives in you? Did you know that if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him;
…for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple?
[1. Corinthians 3:16-17].
If you didn’t know this, I tell you that you actually are God’s temple, His precious one. I encourage you to let Him build the temple He likes in you, and you will never regret.
If you are not God’s temple, or to say it in another way, not saved for heaven, I encourage you to receive Jesus Christ and as your savior, God’s begotten Son, and receive the Holy Spirit who build the temple in you.
Let me write some verses from the scriptures who explain for you what kind of building you are and what decoration you will get:
In contrary to the Old Covenant, we are all priest (1.Pet.2:9) and His temple (1.Cor.3:16-17). We therefore don’t need special people anymore to present our case to God, only Jesus. It was in the Old Covenant it was a great importance that the priest wore the right clothes when he did the service in God’s countenance.
[Exodus 28:2-4] “2 Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor… 4 These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests.”
But what the New Covenant do in all things, is to emphasize on the inner decoration:
[1.Pet.2:9] 9But 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.
Peter says, with special thought to the women. “3Your beauty should not come from outward…”.
I don’t mean that woman shall not make herself beautiful, but the woman is an image of the church and women do like to decorate themselves for their husbands. We are the church, or the temple as I already wrote above, but how can the church decorate herself for her husband, who is Jesus Christ?
[1 Peter 3:3-4] 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Therefor can I tell you that neither you or I are under “ephod and robe”, no longer. But we can serve the Lord in outer garments as gray or green suit, denims or plaid skirts. It doesn’t matter how we look outside.
[Hebrews 10:11-14] 11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
This end all complicated procedures around the offering service, because of Christ perfect offer have simplified the whole situation. The same is it with circumstances, which also have been simplified.
(Genesis 17:10-11) …11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.
Our physical act have no much meaning in the New Covenant, but it all depends on the attitude of the heart.
[Galatians 5:6] 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Songs and music have also got a simplified function. In the Old Covenant it says:
[1. Chronicles 6:31-32] 31 These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark came to rest there. 32 They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.
[2. Chronicles 7:6] 6 The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.
Again, it isn’t that way in the New Covenant.
[Ephesians 5:19] 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord
All demands on special instruments and arrangements are gone.We are instead encouraged to sing and play instruments of the heart. It is therefore no longer important how it sounds in the human ears.
Again I have to tell you that it is notting wrong with nice and special instrument or arrangement, but it’s not this things who bring you closer to God, it is your heart and your relationship with Him.
Let us take one more. Prayer and worship! Is that simplified too? Yes, it is also simplified.
[2. Chronicles 7:12-16] 12 the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place (Jerusalem) for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
In the New Covenant it is no longer a question about special sermons or places. We have direct access to God in our hearts, no matter where we are.
[John 4:19-24] 19«Sir,» the woman said, «I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.» 21 Jesus declared, «Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.»
As you can read here, the woman was focus to worship according to man’s eye. Many also today try to worship according to man’s eye, but Jesus telling us here where a true worshiper will worship the Father.
Do you make yourself beauty for man? If you do, the man will be glorified.
I advice you to let the Holy Spirit decorate you. He will rise you up as His temple and He, God will be glorified!
What’s important now is that the life of Christ dwells and works in our inner being!
What do you think?