“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
> 1 Corinthians 3:16
Though Paul was rebuking the Corinthians for succumbing to fleshly, worldly, sinful desires, I just love the point he makes because I believe we can all forget this truth during the course of each day: The Spirit of God now dwells in those who have believed in Christ for salvation. In the Old Testament, God’s Spirit dwelled within the temple made by hands, and no one could go into the Holy Place without the shedding of blood; and even then, the High Priest could only go in once a year into the Most Holy Place to make atonement for the sins of the people. But now, how wondrous it is indeed that when Christ offered Himself up in obedience to the Father by submitting Himself to the cross, He opened the way for the Spirit of God to indwell the hearts of those who believe in Him! We are temples of the living God! When Christ was crucified for sinners, the vail of the temple separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn in two, displaying that the Holy Spirit no longer resided there, but would reside in the hearts of His people. And how wonderful it is, that the same Spirit that dwelled within the temple, where everything had to be ceremonially done in a certain way or else the priests would die, is the same Spirit that now dwells within His people, those who have believed in Christ for salvation! It took an act of God alone, exhibited through the cross of Christ by the shedding of His blood, to make this possible, that the Spirit of God Himself would indwell sinners. The Spirit within us, residing there as a result of Christ’s work, is our strength and supplies all that we need. How awesome and powerful is God!? If He can do this and He resides in us, why should we fear, why do we despair? Christ has conquered that which had a hold on us, sin, death, hell and Satan! It is finished. May we all rest in the knowledge of this truth from scripture, and receive the deep soul rest we all need so desperately. He is the great Satisfier and Comforter. There are none like Him. If God is for us, who can be against us?
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