Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” –1 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT)
I’m aware that ALOT of people use this scripture to scare unbelievers into Christianity/threaten seemingly backslidden believers, mainly because of what the succeeding verse says about God destroying whoever defiles His temple. Today, I present to you a different angle as inspired by the Spirit of God. Yes, it is possible to simultaneously remain in purity and also not live in fear of destruction (hell). This Word will bring you freedom on a whole new level.
Please note that I’ll be asking a lot of thought provoking questions.
Two things I’d like to say first hand:
1. Living in fear of destruction will inevitably lead you to destruction as that is sin consciousness. (Read Romans 7)
2. Purity is not only about sexual morality or the lack thereof. A lie places you side by side a “womanizer”. Don’t play yourself.
A temple is a dwelling place for something/someone right? So, ideally, if I come to your temple (house) I should meet you there right? Or at least traces that the temple belongs to you like a car parked somewhere, yes?
What is purity? Without stain or blemish whether big or small. I’ll answer conclusively.
Keeping His temple can now be concluded to mean persevering His home which is your heart, without any stains. Does any part of this make mention of fear? So why do we have so many people living in fear as they strive to keep His temple clean? It’s only a plan of the enemy to twist it all around and have you trapped running in circles making the same mistakes repeatedly. But Abba in His overwhelming love has provided freedom from that through the release of a word like this.
NOW, God has placed His hand and has said you are His temple. Remember you’ve been bought with a Precious price so you are owned by Him really. If someone knocks at the door of this God’s temple (YOU), who responds? Can God really be found there? Are there traces to prove He owns the house?
If we can afford so much care for our earthly homes that we’ve bought with money, how much more ourselves God’s home that was bought with the most precious blood that came to break the curse of the Law?
The book of Leviticus shows all what His blood came to abolish and put an end to for all eternity. Can your money fix a whole human race? He paid a greater price, the greatest price so He deserves every part of our heart.
We must make God’s Home conducive for Him. Make it clean for Him the same way we like our floors swept and mopped. Make it comfortable for Him the same way we like our fridge well stocked with whatever drink we like. Is His home filled with His Word He holds so dearly?
I’m sure all these questions are getting you to THINK! As you’re thinking I’ll give 3 key points that’ll enable you keep His temple clean.
The first is harboring the fruits of the spirit. Believer you must mature not only in gifts of the spirit but also the fruits as these are telltale signs of what truly dwells in your heart and whether or not your character expresses Jesus.
What are the fruits of the spirit?
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
All of these must exude from within you any day, anytime. The key to this is first of all receiving the Holy Spirit and constantly remaining in absolute surrender to this Spirit of God. Don’t try to make logic/sense of whatever the Holy Spirit asks you to do, just remain yielded and watch how you begin to start manifesting these fruits. There’s no class or exam you need to take. Yes, there are certain physical habits you’ll need to stop but that will come as the spirit instructs so essentially it’s still you remaining yielded.
The next is the beatitudes, which is pretty similar to the fruits of the spirit. Way back unbeliever’s identified believers, prophets, etc. by the beatitudes.
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” – Matthew 5:3-12 NLT
Again, this involves allowing the Holy Spirit completely ravish and take over you. With the beatitudes you must self-reflect and ask, for example, for more strength to be merciful, or for more strength to endure trials for His namesake. You must look back and see where you’re lacking and ask that He grants the Grace to enable you beef up! Paul preaches onself-evaluation and this is key when dealing with the beatitudes. The beatitudes basically pushes you to check your day to day approach to people and life. Do not be proud to think you have it all.
“For a ministry of reconciliation has been given unto us” (2nd Corinthians 5:19).
This is the third. Believer, you and I must be seeking to bring people into the kingdom every day. The kingdom is not for us to partake of alone. I tell you, you don’t truly believe your freedom till you see it at work in the life of another. It grows your faith even. We must be radical evangelists by the way we live in LOVE. The key to reconciliation is loving the way Abba loves, that we might look above all flaws and show them the path of everlasting life.Be concerned about a soul the way Christ was. Do not grow weary. Speak the Word, act the Word, sing the Word, write the Word, LIVE the Word.
Consistency to keeping His temple clean:
The same way you clean your house every day; wash, spray, all of that OCD stuff is the same way we must ensure we keep God’s (ourselves) house every day! Be consistent! Same way you don’t want people seeing your house untidy is the same way we shouldn’t present His untidy! That’ll be a false representation of Him and that’s embarrassing! Don’t do that. Be responsible and intentional with His house! Lamentations 3:22, speaks of His unending mercies. Therefore every waking moment of your life should be spent tapping into these mercies. Don’t stay out of prayer or out of the Word. Always listen, always obey and the Spirit will continuously lead you right.
Be encouraged and know that just as we’re cleaning our homes and some books might topple over as we try to reach the top shelf and we put them back in place, so will He put back any part of us which falls apart temporarily all in our bid to remain pure. Abba watches our heart and its intentions. He knows it all. Do not worry but be fired up to keep going and start experiencing Heaven on earth.
Scripture to meditate and pray on in addition to all mentioned above:
Yours in the deepest love of Christ,
Tobi Oluseye (KF2 Leader)