The Lord is in His holy temple. Psalm 11:4
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Thanks to Tim, we can now put the finishing touches on yesterday’s teaching. Yesterday we found out from Psalm 11 that the answer to the destruction of the foundations of society, such as we are experiencing right now through a whole new set of corrupting influences, is the fact that God is still in His temple and still on the throne. And yesterday we remarked that God’s dwelling place wasn’t some place far off in the heavens, but that it was right here. His kingdom is right here on earth.
But then, in a comment on yesterday’s Catch, Tim took us one step farther when he wrote, “I always like to put ‘The Lord is in his holy temple;’ together with,
‘Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price.’”
Well … duh! Why didn’t I think of that? Of course the kingdom of God has come to earth, because the holy temple the Psalmist was prophetically referring to here was simply you and me. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. You better believe the Lord is in His holy temple because He is in YOU! So what are the implications of that? They are huge.
That means you and I don’t get to stand by and complain about the destructive nature of today’s disintegrating society when we are called to be the answer to that problem.
My good friend and former roommate, Wayne Bridegroom, pastor of a Baptist church in downtown Modesto, wrote me about a group of pastors from all over his town that are getting together to do something about the huge divide in their congregations that was created by this election. The sad thing, he said, was that so far, he’s the only evangelical in the group. What a shame. The pastors who most likely have a hold of the theology of being the temple of the Holy Spirit, are, for whatever reason, staying away. Shame on us if we just stand by and complain (which I have been doing way too much of). You can’t complain about something when the answer to that something you complain about is you.
How about we do this: Let’s have you write me over the weekend and give us some examples of how you, as the temple of God, are being a unifying factor in your neighborhood, your workplace, or your city or town. Let’s help each other get ahold of this. Let’s see what this looks like when we apply it to the real world. I think we will all be encouraged.
Yes, the Lord is indeed in His holy temple, and since that is you and me we’re talking about, we better get out there!