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Friday, August 29, 2014

Temple Of God

Bible Questions Answered:
“In 1 Corinthians 3:16 ”the temple of God” is Paul speaking about a christian or a group of believers?...”
Tom/ Charlottesville, Virginia U.S.A.

Bible Answer:
Bible Texts:

I Corinthians 3:16,17 NLT
16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

II Corinthians 6:16 NLT
And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of The Living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people.

The grammatical context tells us that the Apostle was speaking about the church, for the pronouns and verb endings are in the plural.

Plural; The Church:

I Corinthians 1:10-17 NLT (Factions in the Church of Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:17 KJV God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple.)
10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
11 For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters.
12 Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.”
13 Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!
14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15 for now no one can say they were baptized in my name.
16 (Oh yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas, but I don’t remember baptizing anyone else.)
17 For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power.

I Corinthians 3:3,4 NLT
3 for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?
4 When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?

In a singular sense:

I Corinthians 3:16,17 KJV
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that The Spirit Of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

The Choices, words and actions of men, can destroy the temple of God.

Matthew 12:31,32 KJV
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against The Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against The Son Of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against The Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

I Corinthians 6:19,20 KJV
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

In a real sense The Temple Of The Holy Spirit, is both the individual and the church.
And what is true for the one, is also true for thee other.

Question: May The Church, the temple of God be defiled, awaiting the judgment of God?
Answer: Yes.

Defiled by divisions, sins, false doctrines, scorning the teachings of The Virgin Birth, The Cross, The Atoning Blood Of Christ, The Sanctity Of Life Of The Unborn, etc. etc. etc.

I Corinthians 16:22 KJV
If any man love not The Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

Question: May the physical body, the purposed temple of God's Spirit, be found awaiting the judgment of God?
Answer: Yes.

Defiled by sins of the flesh, sexual promiscuity, perversions, drugs, alcohol, hatred, murder, etc. etc.


Psalm 40:2 KJV
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a Rock, and established my goings.

Romans 3:23 KJV
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 KJV
For the wages of sin is death; but The Gift Of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All of humanity since and including Adam, are under the curse of sin, “no exceptions!

David said he was in a horrible pit.
Mankind is in a deep, terrible, mirey pit, lost in their sins.
Above the pit, where the Light is, we hear a voice, it is the voice of Jesus, He says, here take my life line, and He throws a rope deep down into the pit. Many thankfully say, thank you Lord, and take His life line to safety and life. Some others refuse Jesus and His life line, cutting it to pieces.

So here is the question, how may these ever be saved?
Answer, they may never be saved, for they by their own hands have severed the only Life Line there is!
This is the (blasphemy against The Holy Ghost. Matthew 12:31 KJV)

Everyone in hell, and who is ever going there, has committed, or will commit the sin of blaspheming The Holy Spirit Of God.

Christian people, how carefully we should live.

Luke 1:74,75 KJV
74 That He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life.

II Corinthians 7:1 KJV
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Hebrews 12:14 KJV
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see The Lord:

I Peter 1:16 KJV
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

II Peter 3:11 KJV
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

Revelations 19:6-9 KJV
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of The Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of The Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.