The scripture tells us in l Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV that we are the “temple of the Holy Spirit.”
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God”? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies”.
Because we know God’s word cannot lie, then we must look at the deeper meaning of this scripture and ask the Lord for understanding. The best way to do this is to study what the bible has to say about temples or tabernacles. God was very specific when He gave Moses the plans for the tabernacle He wanted the Israelites to worship Him in during their time going from Egypt to the Promised Land. If He was absolute in what He commanded Moses regarding the tabernacle, I believe He is just as absolute in His command about our bodies being His temple.
The word tabernacle actually means God dwells with us. What a beautiful gift God gave these wandering people. He wanted them to know that He was there with them through every situation they would face. And now, because we have been given a better covenant through the blood of Jesus, our bodies have become the dwelling place of God. He has given us a relationship with Him that the children of Israel didn’t have. They could go to the temple to worship God, but we actually are a place where our fellowship with God is intimate and pure as Holy Spirit dwells in us.
The bible tells us in Luke 17:21 KJV that the Kingdom of God is within us.
“Neither shall they say, lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you“.
So, to recap, if the Kingdom of God is within us, because we have accepted God’s covenant promise and accepted Jesus as our Lord, Savior and King, then at the center of this Kingdom should be a Temple… We are indwelt, through this promise of God, by Holy Spirit Himself. His place of covenant dwelling inside us is in the Holy of Holies, our hearts. The Bible calls us Kings and Priests unto our God.
The Ark of the Covenant in the tabernacle was in the center of the Holy of Holies. It was also called The Mercy Seat, and it was the place the priests went once a year to put the sacrificial blood. This removed the sins of the people for a year if God accepted the sacrifice.
The definition of Ark is “a place of protection or security, refuge and asylum“. The definition of Covenant is “a contract, agreement, commitment, guarantee, warranty, pledge, promise, bond, or indenture.” The Old Testament word for covenant is to commit or bind oneself. This word is beret and has been highly debated as to its meaning. Most bible scholars agree that this old covenant refers to two or more parties bound together and sealed by all parties by a vow or oath, that each, having equal privileges and responsibilities, would carry out their assigned roles.
This was called a bilateral agreement.
The New Testament word for covenant is diatheke and IS NOT bilateral or between two parties, but unilateral. This is God’s covenant with His creation. God initiated, determined that recipients are not required to offer anything to the bond, they are called to accept it as offered and receive the results that God, by oath, assures us will not be withheld.
The idea of a covenant relationship brings with it the establishing of something legal. Everything God does is always according to a system of justice. Think of life in general as a huge “courtroom” and every human being is a “living testimony” of God’s creation. We continually speak out of the Kingdom of God within us and declare our own justification. This is based on the fact that we have accepted Christ’s payment in Heaven of His own blood applied to the Ark of the Covenant there. If not, we continually declare our own goodness and deny our need for a Savior.
Because our bodies are Temples of Holy Spirit and we have been called Kings and Priests unto our God, we must always choose to rule in our Kingdoms and officiate in our Temples, never forgetting that we owe it all to Him. There is a promise of total rest and peace in our “Kingdoms” as we constantly and continually submit our kingship and priesthood to HIM who is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Praise His Name forever!