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Part 2: What does the Bible mean "Body is Temple?"


Part 2: What does the Bible mean when it calls our body a “temple”?—Jasmine, 15, NY

Shayna Answers:

Dear Jasmine,

Last week we looked at 1 Corinthians 6:19, a verse that offers this concept of our bodies as temples. Then we said that before Jesus ascended to heaven, He promised God would send us the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18).

We concluded that in order to have a Holy Being dwelling inside of us, we need to be a holy dwelling. This is how the concept of holiness is tied to our purity—it’s the reason it’s important to maintain high standards for our bodies before marriage.

First Thessalonians 4:7, 8 explains that those who reject the instruction to treat their bodies as temples are not rejecting man but God, who gives us the Holy Spirit.
Why is it so important to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us? Since Jesus is in heaven, the two tools God has given us to develop our faith are the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Until He returns, the Holy Spirit is to comfort us (John 14:16-18, KJV) and intercede for us (Romans 8:26).

The Holy Spirit is a gift from God that is actually God Himself. Romans 5:5 says: “Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” The Holy Spirit is both a demonstration of God’s love for us and part of a covenant with us.

John 14:27 records Jesus saying, “Peace I leave with you.” He’s explaining that the Holy Spirit is part of the covenant He made not to leave us alone on earth. This is our reason to hope in Him.

The Holy Spirit’s dwelling within us is the key to obtaining our heart’s desires. Luke 11:9, 13 says: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Instead of interpreting these verses to mean that in God’s name we can have whatever we want, they remind us that whatever we need, we can receive by receiving the Holy Spirit first. Having the Holy Spirit within us means we have God’s power within us, which can satisfy our every need and desire.

Receiving the Holy Spirit requires our obedience. Romans 12 says we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God, which is a spiritual act of worship.

So when it comes to treating our bodies as temples, it’s not about being just “good enough” or figuring out which point is physically “too far.” It’s about honoring God with our bodies by our actions because we want to—because this is how we worship God.

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