When Almighty God had Solomon build His temple, it was for the purpose of His worship. He required His people to come and worship Him there. Now though, because Jesus Christ died and conquered death, the Holy Spirit of God is alive and in those who believe in His way for real and eternal life.
We are His temple.
We are the place of worship. Our very bodies are places of honor and worship to God.
“For we are the temple of the living God . . . (God) will make (His) dwelling among (us) . . . (2 Cor. 6:16).”
Jesus Christ paid the price for our redemption with His very blood. He bought us so we might show off His glory and, by the very way we live and move, bring Him praise. He bought us so we would worship Him.
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (vv. 19b, 20).”
It has a lovely ring to it, doesn’t it? Glorifying God with our bodies. But, in all truth, it is not easy. Because temptations arise. Impure thoughts contaminate. Friends pull us toward wrong ways.
It might take the form of sexual sin. Or gluttony. Or drunkenness. Or idolatry. Or laziness. There are all kinds of ways to keep our bodies from honoring God. All sorts of temptations that keep us from fulfilling the purpose for which we were redeemed.
That’s why we must remember whose we are (God’s). And whose we are not (our own).
We house the Spirit of God within our bodies. Our bodies are the temple of God. King David and King Solomon gave everything for the beautification of God’s dwelling place because they knew He was worth it. They knew God’s people would worship Him and find Him in that place.
They set the temple apart as a holy place because Almighty God dwelt there.
In the same way, you and I as believers should esteem our bodies and use them for the sole purpose of bringing Him glory. So when we offer Him our hands to do His work, we worship Him. And when we give Him our feet to walk where He leads, we bring Him praise. We offer God our eyes, our mouths, our ears, our knees so we can glorify the God who lives in you and me.
We are the holy dwelling place redeemed for His worship.