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“Living in a Temple”
The Bible clearly teaches that each of our physical bodies is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Just as a church sanctuary is dedicated to God for his holy purposes, so is the body of a Christian who acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Caring for the physical body is a matter of stewardship. A steward is one who is entrusted with the care and management of another person's property. Clearly, everything we possess actually belongs to God, including our body.
1 Corinthians 3:16,17 (NKJV) – “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
1 Corinthians 6:19,20 (NKJV) – “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? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Romans 12:1 (NKJV) – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
As trustworthy stewards we must never neglect our bodies. We are called to care for our own bodies everyday through proper rest, nutrition and exercise, among other things. Faithful stewardship of our physical body is very important in our Christian walk.
There are at least five important responses for every Christian in caring for the physical body: 1) Recognize that I have been redeemed or purchased with the blood of Jesus. (1 Peter 1:17-19); 2) Present my body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1); 3) Cherish and nurture my body (Ephesians 5:28-29); 4) Consider my body dead to any immorality (Colossians 3:5-9); 5) By His grace and in His power choose to not let sin reign in my physical body (Romans 6:12).
In conclusion, listen to what Paul says about the body temple in 1 Corinthians 9:23-27 (NKJV) – “Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”