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The Living Temple

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" 1 Corinthians 3:16

"But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" 1 Corinthians 6:17-19

The Corinthian Church was rich in the outward manifestation of the Spirit. Miracles were common in the Church, they prophesied and spoke in heavenly tongues. But they were lacking in spiritual maturity, -"And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly." (1 Cor.3:1-3) The Corinthian Church had many manifestations of the out-pouring but they were struggling in the flesh because they were neglecting the indwelling - they were not allowing God, the Head of the House to have His way in their lives.

We must conclude that there is a difference between receiving the out-pouring of the Spirit and the indwelling of the Spirit. Visual signs are primarily a result of the out-pouring, but real change in a person comes from giving way to the indwelling. It is the indwelling that we must submit to in order to grow to spiritual maturity - to the stature of Christ. There are many in the ministry who are pre-occupied with the out-pouring because of the manifestation of miracles yet struggle in their flesh because they fail to yield to God as the Lord of their lives through the indwelling. Jesus spoke of this in Matthew Chapter 7 saying, -"Many will say to Me on that Day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’"

Let us understand that the Spirit is God - I believe the very essence of both the Father and the Son. The Spirit is not a thing or merely a power but is the personal manifestation of God. As our texts show, where the Spirit of God dwells, He dwells. In 2 Corinthians Paul revealed that the Lord is the Spirit, -"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Cor.3:17)

When we are born of the Spirit we become a living temple in which God Himself lives. Perhaps you were taught to pray to God as if He were far off somewhere, but in reality He is nearer than your next breath. You need not make a "long-distant" call because He is in the House. In Christ we receive the revelation that we have become His presence rather then a person seeking to enter into His presence. Since our body has become a holy temple in which God dwells, we are not to commit immorality which would work to defile the holy body. Paul’s answer to the problem of fleshly indulgence is to understand that are God’s temple, have been purchased by the sacrifice of His Son, and do not belong to ourselves, -"You are not your own . . .for you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body."

Objective is a statement that is completely unbiased. It is not influenced by a person’s previous experiences. It is verifiable by looking up facts. Subjective is a statement which is colored by personal experience and observation. It has a basis in reality but reflects a personal perspective. When we see Christ as Lord objectively - exalted to the Throne in heaven - then we experience the out-pouring power of the Spirit upon us. When we see Christ as Lord subjectively - as Ruler of our lives - then we experience the indwelling power of the Spirit within us.

When God awoke us to the reality that He is exists and is real - calling us to receive salvation through His Son - we experienced the out-pouring of His Spirit upon us, washing away our sins and clothing us with His power. But then came the reality that He has cleaned the house for the purpose of moving in. Through the out-pouring we do the mighty works of Jesus, and through the indwelling we are transformed into what He is. Let us take heed that we do not neglect the work of the indwelling for by the out-pouring alone no one will see God. It is only through the indwelling that we come to intimately know and actually become the presence of God, -"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit." (2 Cor.3:18)




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