Today's "Faith Food" by Kenneth E. Hagin contains one of the most important messages that a born again believer MUST know and understand in order to accomplish all that God desires for us to accomplish for the Kingdom as we run our race to the finish!
"Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God's temple (His sanctuary), and that God's Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]? (1 Corinthians 3:16 AMP).
God Himself, after He makes us new creatures, actually makes our bodies His home. No longer does He dwell in an earth-made Holy of Holies. God says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you?" (1 Corinthians 6:19).
We need to become mindful that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit - we have God inside of us!
Chiseled on the front of a beautiful church in Texas is an Old Testament scripture declaring that the building was the temple of God. I get provoked every time I drive by. Why? Because these people have a lie right on the front of their church building!
To say that a church building is the house of God because He dwells there, is incorrect. God doesn't dwell in a church building. If we mean that a church building is the house of God because it has been dedicated to God, that is correct.
But we must be careful not to confuse spiritual things with natural things. Therefore, we must be careful to state spiritual things as they really are.
Your body is the house or temple of God - not the building where you worship. Remembering this fact will help you in your obedience and in your faith.
Confession: God Himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit indwells me. The Creator dwells in me. God lives in me.
Shalom in Him!