Who I Am In Christ: The Temple of the Holy Spirit

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own ideas or the world’s ideas about who we are or who we should be. But what does God say? Who does God say that I am? Who am I in Christ? This series takes a journey through God’s Word to discover the truth about who we are in Him. 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

The word “temple” in this verse refers to the “inner sanctuary“. It’s the place where the Spirit of God dwells, the holy place where one is in the very presence of God. The Truth that God’s Spirit dwells in me is so difficult to fathom. It’s unnatural… it’s actually supernatural!

There are a few things that we can immediately glean from this Truth:

 

In Isaiah 6:1-7, we are told about Isaiah’s encounter with God. He was overcome by the sense of the holiness of God and by his own unworthiness, his own unholiness. Our God is a holy God. In His shadow, “all our righteousness is as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6)

In today’s world of tolerance and “be true to yourself”, where freedom of expression is idolized and absolute truth is taboo, it’s easy for us Christians to become lax and apathetic in our pursuit of holiness. We can be deceived by the lies of the world that any intention toward a life of holiness is legalism, stifling the freedom we have in Christ.

But let’s go back and see this through the lens of God’s Word. Galatians 5 talks all about this very thing. In Christ, we are set free from slavery to sin. A follower of Christ is not bound by fleshly desires. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A Christian is not bound by law, but free from it. We are not robbed of joy, we are full of it!

Holiness doesn’t look like a life of boredom and restriction. It looks like Jesus – vibrant and overflowing with love and joy and peace and all the good things humanity craves!

Live It Out

  • Do I honor God in the way I care for my body? Do I treat it with the same respect I would offer a place I consider a sanctuary? When I go to the home of someone I greatly respect, I want to leave it in the same (or better) condition as when I arrived. I don’t want to leave a mess in the bathroom. I don’t want to break any dishes. Do I treat my own body with that same respect? Or do I disregard it, feeding myself things I know are harmful, pridefully refusing to make time for the rest I know I need, neglecting to “follow doctor’s orders” out of laziness or discouragement or just plain stubbornness? Am I filling my mind with garbage?
  • Do I hate sin and desire holiness? This is a big one for me. Every so often, I realize how my hatred of sin has been lost and I ask the Lord to restore it. I pray that I would grow in the fear of the Lord (like Isaiah in chapter 6). Do I consistently receive the conviction of the Holy Spirit and repent of my sin?
  • Am I growing in the fruit of the Spirit?
  • Spend some time in worship of God today. Put on some worship music and put your body to work doing what you were created to do. Be in awe of the One who made you, the One who saved you, the One who set you free.

 

 

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