Posted by: SandreS | November 10, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 8

The Temple of God

Another way that Paul describes, or defines the one true church is that it is God’s temple:

    … you are the temple of God … (I Corinthians 3:16).
    … your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit … (I Corinthians 6:19).
    … you are the temple of the living God … (II Corinthians 6:16).
    … a holy temple in the Lord … (Ephesians 2:22).

That the ecclesia is the temple of the living God is clearly borne out by Paul in these portions of Scripture.

We are the temple, we are God’s sanctuary; not a man-made building, but a God-made building, made up of His called-out-ones!

Notice how clearly Paul contrasts the human and the divine in this regard:

God … dwells not in temples made with hands (Acts 17:24).

That’s a simple truth, isn’t it? God does not dwell in man-made places!

Now consider the common language of Christendom:

    “It is good to be in the Lord’s House today.”
    “Please do not bring food or drinks into the Sanctuary.”
    “It is nice to have God’s House full today.”

Do you ever speak this sort of religious jargon? Such talk denies the truth of the Scriptures that we have just considered!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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