Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 3

Body_or_building_that_is_the_questiYou realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (TM)

We still tend to think of our church buildings as temples. They are treated as sacred places we go to meet with God. For believers in Jesus, this is actually a false, even unscriptural, notion. The concept of a church building doesn’t even exist in the New Testament. In fact, God makes it clear that there is a whole new paradigm after the resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Instead of God’s presence being confined to a Tabernacle or a Temple or a Synagogue or a Church, the presence of God has moved into the hearts and lives of believers. We don’t go to church we are the church. Instead of going to visit God, God resides within me 24/7/365.

I am the sacred temple and Almighty God’s presence is ever in me.

That should change the way I think of my body, the way I think of others, and the way I think of my church.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 3”

  1. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving.
    With the senior guys trip this weekend, this verse was a good reminder about my role is these guys’ lives. I am a servant and God is at the center. I pray that I can make an impact this weekend.

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