Living Temples



Key Bible Verse: Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 139:13-16

We are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We were “knit together in [our mother’s] womb” by the delicate hands of God. Our bodies are not amorphous lumps that we shape and sculpt into our own self-image – they are divine gifts, given to us by God himself. The body opens the world to us and enables us to experience its goodness and beauty.

But our body is not simply a gift from God – it is the place where God himself dwells within his people. The physical body was the place of Jesus Christ’s presence in the world. And when he was asked for a sign that would demonstrate his authority, he responded, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19-21). Jesus identifies his own body with the place of worship for the Jewish people, an astonishing association. And after he ascended into heaven, he sent the indwelling Holy Spirit until he returns again.

This is the paradox of the body: the body is a temple, but the temple is in ruins. The incarnation of Jesus affirms the body’s original goodness. The death of Jesus reminds us of its need for redemption. And the resurrection of Jesus gives us hope for its restoration.

– Matthew Lee Anderson in Earthen Vessels

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