“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body” – (Jn.2:19-21).
“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” – (I Cor.6:19).
In (Jn.2:13-18) we see Christ cleansing the
temple and showing His righteous anger at the Jews’ defiling of the temple and
making God’s house a house of merchandise. And then Jesus makes this very important
prophetical statement in (vs.19-21) of His death and resurrection three days
later and told them plainly that His body was the
God was telling them here that He was about
to change buildings. God was about to move out of the dead temple made with hands
into a living temple made by the Holy Spirit. Every born again believer’s body
is now the body of Christ, the holy
God no longer dwells in a dead temple made with wood and stone
He dwells in saved, sanctified living bodies made of flesh and bone.
The Jews were not the last to worship a building,
a program, a system. There are millions of church members who build expensive
churches and reverence the building and whose bodies are not the spiritual
temple of body because they have never been born again of the Holy Spirit. In the N.T., not one single church building
was built, and the true churches met in homes as a sign to the world that God
had changed from a dead temple to dwelling in a living, human temple. We who
are born again saints are the living
Where does God Dwell?
This question is not difficult
It needn’t be a riddle.
The word church is a clue,
‘U R’ is in the middle.
‘You are’ the church
Your body a temple.
God dwells in you
It’s that simple!
Jesus said “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. And Jesus went out, and
departed from the temple.. And Jesus said unto them,
See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left
here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” – (Mt.23:38 and
24:1,2). Not only was the whole house of Israel to be
left desolate, but the house of God, the temple was to be left desolate also.
When Jesus departed from the Jewish temple and started His spiritual temple,
the church, that was the beginning of the end of the
literal temple. In 37 years (A.D.70) the Romans destroyed
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of everything
the temple stood for. The temple and the sacrifices for sin were fulfilled
in His body on the cross when He shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins as
the perfect, supreme sacrifice. His body is the
The Jews of Jesus’ day made the temple a house of merchandise and a den of thieves just like Eli’s sons and God wrote Ichabod over the temple. Christ departed from the temple and never came into it again, but by His word abandoned it to utter destruction. The literal temple was destroyed and God moved into a living human temple: God changed buildings – amen. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fifty framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” – (Eph.2:20-22).
When the Jews destroyed the living
The veil in the temple was but the body of
Christ on the cross. He’s the high priest who offered up himself as sacrifice.
His body is the holy
In the heavenly temple there is now only one court, the holiest within the veil. Today, both Jew and Gentile, whosoever will, must enter by the blood of Christ, God’s eternal sacrifice. In the O.T., the only way the Jews could approach God was through the death of an animal. But Christ is the “living way” He is not dead, He resurrected from death. He ever lives and is now at the right hand of God. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forever, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” – (Rev.1:18). Since Christ, our eternal sacrifice, died on the cross, the way to God is a new way, a living way, the O.T. old way is passed away. Jesus said – “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” – (Jn.14:6).
The unbelieving Jews will soon build a temple during the great tribulation, not for Christ, but for Antichrist, who will be worshipped as God – (2 Thes.2:4). The Jews will also sacrifice animals in the temple thus repudiating everything that Christ has done on the cross as the perfect, supreme sacrifice for all people. It will be destroyed.
When Christ comes back, He will raise the
Zechariah prophesied of the living temple
built by God’s grace – “Not by might, nor
by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts… and he shall bring forth
the headstone thereof
with shouting, crying, Grace, grace unto
it” – (Zech.4:6,7). And that time they were rebuilding
their destroyed temple in Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity, but this
prophecy pointed to the church that is built by grace through the power of the
Holy Spirit – “For by grace are ye saved
through faith…” – (Eph.2:8). Jesus Christ is the headstone or cornerstone
of our living temple. “To whom coming, as
unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious.
Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
…Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, behold, I lay in
The only other temple
besides a building are the temples on both sides of your forehead. The
forehead is the middle of your temple. The mark of the Beast-666 will be put in
peoples temples. All of God’s tribulation saints will not get the mark of the
beast because they are the
Are you saved from your sins and born again by the Holy Spirit? Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. You are born of the Spirit, born from above, born of incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God that is germinated in your heart by faith. What is your spiritual birthday? What day did you become a totally new creature in Christ – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Do not say, “I’m not born again but I know I’m saved” because that is a lie and you’ve been deceived by Satan. Jesus said – “…Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:7). Believe the truth of God’s Word, do not believe Satan’s lie.
Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith in truth and you will be born again. Failure to repent is not true faith and will not result in the new birth and you will be thrown into the lake of fire forever which is the second death – (Rev.20:14,15). O do not spurn the grace and mercy of God in His beloved Son on the cross. Receive eternal life and forgiveness of sins through Christ.
Be a part of God’s living, spiritual temple.