[Added post publish: the views here solely focus on John 14: 15-24 and may not reflect the topic of salvation.]
1. We are told that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
2. We know that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
3. We do not understand what it means to have our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Wondering how I can make this bold generalization? A quick glance at my life reveals this truth and a look at the lives and listening to the conversations of people around me, this concept is equally un-process-able, if you may allow me to butcher the English language for the sake of driving the point home. Fine, there are people trying to live a pure life in obedience to God but then they don’t speak with the authority that comes with knowing that God dwells in them.
I know I don’t. Sadly.
This revelation came to me today morning and I have been trying to distance myself from the idea because of just how scary the implications are.
Here are some verses from John 14.
15 If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—
17 … for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
20 At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
23 Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
24 Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.
So the Spirit, we are told, lives in us constantly and that He will be with us. Christ also says that he is in his Father and that we are in him so, by extension, we are also in God.
Now, we are given the condition of having God love us and come make a home with us which is through obedience to Christ’s teachings. The ‘Our home’, I believe, refers to God, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Note that it says ‘and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him’ and not ‘in him’. It takes combined effort to make this home. This ‘special dwelling place’ is not just the Three coming to set up shop in us without our input. We are not dummies that are vacant to be occupied by whomever.
The reason why we don’t really think about and act on this almost overemphasized truth is because we need to put effort on our part and that is not the doctrine many people preach. Effort is by:
- Showing we love Jesus by following his commands, and after we do this,
- He will ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit
Christ repeats in verse 15, 21 and 23 if a person loves him they will keep [obey] his commands and in 21 and 23 he again emphasizes that we have an active role to play in being loved by God, His abiding with and in us and His manifestation. We just don’t merely sit there and be loved and have God reveal Himself to us.
In conclusion, we are told that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit if you are a ‘Christian’ but scripture shows that it is more than that. You have to show that you love God for Him to make a home in you and with you. You can’t be doing whatever you want, living life as you please not following His teachings and expect Him to live in you let alone love you.
To top that up in verse 24 Christ says ‘Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching.’ So quite literally, you can tell who loves Jesus and who doesn’t.
So, upon looking at your life, are you the temple, home, special dwelling place of the Trinity?
I have a lot of reflecting to do.
PS: I am exhausted. I have, for some reason, been having difficulty with falling sleep. I hope that the above thoughts are developed enough to make sense and get you thinking. Also, I apologize for any typos that may have escaped my eye.