“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” (Reference: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 )
What a change of perspective! First a temple was being built to God by King Solomon. Then we learned that God’s temple is high and mighty, but also dwells with those who are lowly and contrite, lifting them up. Then we learned that God dwells even farther up then our earth, but extends into the heavens; but still God reaches out to the humble and the contrite. Now we learned that this might God/God’s Spirit dwells in us!
Now the historic Anabaptists believed that God’s temple would be a spiritual building and it can be seen by the congregation of believers. That is interesting to consider, beloved, but also some what confusing. You see, it was not the actual physical body but the body that held and housed the mind and spirit would be entrusted in making the Divine manifest.
But it also gives extra emphasis to the disaster of the human body being destroyed by sin – for that (I am assuming) is the type of destruction that the historic Anabaptists would have in mind. Destruction by death because of persecution would turn the physical body to a spiritual one and be even more suitable to house the mind and spirit as the Lord’s dwelling place. And then when you consider the shift from body as fallible and separate from mind/spirit to then more contemporary understanding of the body and mind being integrated on all levels, you have the actual physical bodies housing the Divine, and even more care must be taken!
The prospect of God’s Spirit hanging out in our body is kind of daunting! But go back, beloved, and re-read that God desires us a humble and contrite. Humble, knowing we are not good enough to house God; and contrite in confessing where we have erred.
May you beloved be mindful of God’s presence in your live – on all levels! Selah!