1 Corinthians 3:16-23
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple? God’s Spirit lives in you. 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. God’s temple is holy. And you are that temple. 18 Don’t fool yourselves. Suppose some of you think you are wise by the standards of the world. Then you should become a “fool” so that you can become wise. 19 The wisdom of this world is foolish in God’s eyes. It is written, “God catches wise people in their own tricks.” (Job 5:13) 20 It is also written, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise don’t amount to anything.” (Psalm 94:11) 21 So no more bragging about human beings! All things are yours. 22 That means Paul or Apollos or Peter or the world or life or death or the present or the future. All are yours. 23 You are joined to Christ and belong to him. And Christ is joined to God.
Paul is concerned about the divisions in the church and the ways people have been ‘building’.
He turns his attention to the fact that we, together, are God’s temple, the place of God’s dwelling, the place of His presence. The temple is a powerful image from the Old Testament, one which is now not as commonly understand. Suffice to say Paul is saying that if we create division, defilement or damage to the temple, that is His church in modern day terms, then God will destroy that person.
That is alarming language! There are not many times in the scripture where we read that God will oppose us – here it is that He will destroy us.
It gives me a clear idea about just how much God loves and cherishes His church and how we must all work together for unity and in unity for God’s glory.
I need to be very careful about what I say or do to ensure that the unity, truthfulness, power, community and purpose of the church is strengthened at all times.
Father give me ability to stand for your church and defend it from attack.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta