December 26, 2022 — What kind of Temple is this?

“We were over at a neighbor’s house the other night,” Stan commented one morning. “We got to see some pictures from a recent trip they took to the Far East.”

“Oh,” I replied, “that’s one place I really hope to go before my time here is finished and I get on the train. Did you enjoy the pictures?”

“Sure did,” Stan said. “It looked like they had a fabulous trip.”

“As well,” he added, “one of the other neighbors who was there asked a question about a picture that opened up an interesting discussion for all of us.”

“What was that?”

“The neighbors who had taken the trip,” Stan replied, “visited and took many pictures of a lot of different temples. As we finished seeing the pictures, the very last one caused someone to ask something about what kind of temple it was.”

“So?”

“The neighbor who was showing the pictures,” Stan replied, “said something like, ’Let’s talk about that as we have some refreshments’.”

“What’d he mean by that?” I asked.

“I was wondering the same thing,” Stan said, “but as the discussion got underway over coffee and dessert, I was delighted with how he led us to talk about how the Holy Spirit regularly asks the same question.”

“What same question?”

“What kind of temple is that?” Stan replied.

“Meaning what?” I asked.

“The neighbor focused on the apostle Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth,” Stan said, “where Paul  pointed out that a believer is a temple of God in which the Holy Spirit dwells. From there, the neighbor talked about how often he has the sense that the Holy Spirit asks him what kind of temple is he expecting the Holy Spirit to indwell.”

“Oh,” I replied. “It’s kind of like the Holy Spirit is in us to manifest His fruit, and if that’s not what’s being manifested by our lives, there must be something wrong with the temple. Is that it?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied. “There’s something amiss and the Holy Spirit says, ‘What kind of temple is this?”

“Or, maybe” I commented, “He asks something like, ‘How do you expect me to manifest my fruit here?'”

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Bible verses to consider:

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  1 Corinthians 3:16.

However you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But it anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Romans 8:9.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

We are the temple of the living God. 2 Corinthians 6:16.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit to all who have accepted your free and gracious provision of life eternally with you when it’s time. While my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I confess that too often my life does not manifest His fruit and He is justified in asking, “What kind of temple is this where My fruit is not being manifested?” Please forgive the foolishness of having your Holy Spirit without allowing His fruit to be manifested in and through my life. Please help me to follow every step of your lead so that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is, indeed, manifested just as you intend. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you accepted God’s free and gracious provision of life eternally with Him so that you have His Holy Spirit living in you? If you have not done so, why? What’s in the way? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with having your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit so that His fruit is manifested in and through you? If you sense the need for change so that His fruit is manifested, how is that change going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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