It’s a “Christianese” phrase that is thrown around within the Churched sub-culture: Your body is a Temple.
That line is normally followed by:
Don’t have premarital sex, get tattoos, or go with girls (or boys) that do.
But what are the real implications of our body being a Temple?
Paul makes references to our “temple bodies” in the letters to the Corinthians and also writes along the lines of not defiling our bodies.
But what is the Temple? Israel used the Temple as a place to meet with God, it was God’s dwelling among them.
When Solomon dedicated the temple God responded and said “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice” (2 Chronicles 7:12). God continued and said “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin” (7:14).
The temple was a place of sanctity and holiness. It was a place to remind the Israelites of God’s presence among them. The Temple was a place for God alone, and a place where He reigned supreme above all things. No other gods were to be worshiped in the Temple. What implications does that carry to our bodies being a living Temple (2 Corinthians 6:16)?
Jesus said: “destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19)….”he was speaking about the temple of his body” (John 2:21).
There was a reason why the elaborate, beautiful, and awesome Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem in 70 A.D.: because God no longer uses a Temple as a means to dwell amongst His people but instead His Son, Jesus called Immanuel, God with us. Thus, if Christ is in all believers (Galatians 2:20), then we as believers are the dwelling place of God because of Jesus’ life and finished work on the Cross (Hebrews 10).
Now, because of Jesus Christ, we are called a house of sacrifice (2 Chronicles 7:12) unto God (Romans 12:1). That is why we do not conform to the patterns of this world, because our bodies were not made for multiple gods, but just like the Temple in ancient Israel, we are created to worship the One True God, and we are enabled to do so through the blood-sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
God gave His Son for you, so that He could dwell in you.
What gods are in your temple today?
It is nothing Jesus cannot cleanse (John 2:13-22; 1 John 1:9).