Chapter 48 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?” (1 Corinthians 6.19).
To better understand this weeks question, let’s read it in context. 1 Corinthians 6.18-20:
18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
You’ve probably noticed: sex sells in modern America. It sells blue jeans, music, cars, computers, cameras, even mouthwash. Everyone is talking about sex today— everyone except for moms and dads in the home, and preachers and teachers in the church. So young people learn about sex from the hottest new entertainers of this day and the media— voices that too often fill their minds with immoral, if not utterly wrong, information. More than one generation in America has been raised with little to no moral absolutes, so relativism has taken root, influencing the thought processes of too many individuals away from God’s truth. What was yesterday’s shocking behavior is today’s norm. What used to slither down the darkened back alleys now struts proudly down Main Street.
I’m not sure exactly when Hawkins penned the words in this book, but those last two sentences become truer and truer by the minute! What was yesterday’s shocking behavior is certainly today’s norm. In fact, what used to be universally condemned is now being celebrated. What used to “slither down the darkened back alleys” is now considered hateful to even speak out against.
Paul’s command in verse 18 is, “Flee sexual immorality.” As Hawkins points out, he didn’t say fight it; he said run from it. Instead of running from it we watch it on movie screens and on our computers. We laugh about it while we watch sitcoms. We flirt with it and when we fall, we blame everyone but ourselves.
Adultery is no longer adultery; it’s an extramarital affair. Homosexuality is no longer a sin; it’s just a lifestyle choice. Porn is easily accessible and no big deal to many.
Why should we be any different?
We should be different, besides all the warnings of consequences and commands for purity, because of Paul’s rhetorical question in verse 19, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?”
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament, two Greek words translate into our English word temple. One is used to describe the entire temple complex in Jerusalem: the Temple Mount, the Court of the Gentiles, Solomon’s Portico, the colonnades, and all the inner courts. The second word is used exclusively to describe that sacred space just beyond the veil in the Holy Place of the temple, the sacred space known as the Holy of Holies. It was there that God visited His people on the annual Day of Atonement. Significantly, when Paul wrote that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, he used this second word. He asserted that the believer’s very body has become the Holy of Holies to God and the very dwelling place of His Spirit.
In Old Testament times, God dwelt in a place, in the Holy of Holies inside the temple. In New Testament times, God has chosen to dwell in His people. We are His temple, His Holy of Holies.
If you have been a believer for any length of time, you have probably heard verse 19 quoted many times, but has the reality of what that means really hit home? Hawkins goes on:
Even people involved in illicit sexual sins would probably not think of committing those sins in a holy place; they wouldn’t think of desecrating a church altar with their sin. So believers should recoil even more at the thought of committing such sin at all, for it is our very body that is God’s temple, not some physical edifice.
Paul goes on in verse 20 to remind us that, not only does sexual immorality desecrate the place where God lives, but it’s not even ours to desecrate. We were bought with the precious blood of Christ! Hawkins goes on:
Finally, the apostle Paul set forth an appropriate ambition or purpose for our lives: “glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20). Our ambition in life is not to act according to our personal whims or desires, or to satisfy our personal pleasures. Our purpose in life is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
May we seek to do so in greater and greater ways. As the world around us gets darker, let’s seek to be brighter lights for Him.
Next week’s question: “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2.3).
Last week’s question: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8.31). Read it here.
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