You Are the Temple of God

24 09 2007

By Pastor Norman S. Lao 

Text: 1 Corinthians 3:16,17; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20 

IntroductionWhy do people behave in church?  Why do they try their best to be good and not to sin when they are in the church?  If you notice, no one speaks bad words or smokes or gambles or gets drunk in church.  Why?  The obvious reason is because people believe that God lives in the church building and it is, therefore, sacred (or holy).  That’s why when they leave the church building they think that they can do their own thing. 

This IS NOT TRUE!  According to the Bible, in Acts 17:24, GOD DOES NOT LIVE IN BUILDINGS MADE BY HUMAN HANDS! The Bible instead teaches that the Human Body is in fact the Temple of God.  The Holy Spirit lives IN Christians – in those who have repented of their sins and have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord. 

Many people do not know or understand this, but this is what the Bible teaches.  In John chapter 2:19 Jesus told the religious leaders, “destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.”  John 2:21 tells us that Jesus was referring to HIS BODY.  And truly, they killed Jesus by nailing Him on the Cross, but He resurrected on the Third Day! 

The Apostle Paul understood this, that’s why he wrote to the Christians in Corinth the following words:  “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3:16,17) And “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” ( 1 Corinthians 6:19,20

If we are God’s temple, therefore, WE ARE SACRED!  WE ARE HOLY!  We are holy because God LIVES IN US.  God who is Holy lives in us and He lives in us day by day. 

What does it mean to us if we are the Temple of God? 

1.  If we are the temple of God, then we should be holy NOT ONLY IN CHURCH, BUT EVERYWHERE WE ARE!!! 

  • We must be holy in our homes.
  • We must be holy at the Mall.
  • We must be holy in school.
  • We must be holy at work.
  • We must be holy in church.

Christianity does not happen ONLY in church as many people think.  Christianity is wherever you are because wherever you are, you are the Temple of God. 

2. If we are the temple of God, then we should be holy NOT ONLY ON THE “LORD’S DAY”, BUT EVERYDAY!!! 

A.  We are Christians NOT ONLY ON THE LORD’S DAY –- we are Christians EVERYDAY! 

B. Some people try to be Holy only during the Holy Week and on special holy days and live away from God throughout the rest of the year.  This is not the Christianity that the Bible talks about! 

C. True holiness is a LIFESTYLE.  In other words, that’s how you live EVERY DAY. 

3. If we are the temple of God, then we should LIVE ONLY ONE LIFE!!! 

A. Many Christians live a double life.  They live one kind of life when they go to church and they live a different kind of life outside the church. 

B. The Bible calls this double life HYPOCRISY.  A hypocrite is someone who pretends to be good (especially when there are people looking), but is actually a bad person deep inside.  Jesus condemns hypocrisy in the Bible (see: Matthew 6:5; 6:16, etc.). 


4. If we are the temple of God, then we should BE CAREFUL HOW WE TREAT OUR BODIES! 

A.  Since we have been bought by God (through the death of Christ) we no longer belong to ourselves but to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).  That means that God must be the One who is in control of what we do with our bodies. 

B. Vices, such as getting drunk, smoking, using illegal drugs, etc. destroy the human body.   It is an established medical and scientific fact that drinking alcohol destroys the liver and the kidneys.  Cigarette smoking causes lung and other cancers.  Drug abuse causes brain damage. 

C. If your body is the Temple of God, then you must treat your body with care and respect.  You stay healthy and you don’t do anything that will jeopardize that. 

5. If we are the temple of God, then WE MUST USE OUR BODIES FOR THE GLORY GOD! 

A.  One of the best ways to use our bodies is to dedicate or devote it for the SERVICE OF GOD.  You can be a pastor, a teacher, a bible study leader, a missionary, an administrator, a Christian office worker, a Christian nurse, a Christian doctor, etc.  

B. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 12:1 that we should REMEMBER God  – to serve Him – while we are still young, while we are still able, while we are still healthy.   

C. We must also use our bodies in the Service of Mankind in the Name of Christ. (Matthew 25:34-36) 

D. The Bible also tells us to OFFER OUR BODIES TO GOD AS LIVING SACRIFICES (Romans 12:1,2).  That means that we MUST LIVE HOLY LIVES and this will GLORIFY our God in Heaven! 


You are the Temple of God –- act and live like one!   




3 responses

11 04 2010

Praise God for this truth!

Brother I live in the Philippines which is 85% catholic could I please have your kind permission to use this teaching to reach the people here! Full credit will go straight to you of course!

Thanks and be blessed
Pastor Johnny J Christen

13 04 2010
Jessica Simpson

Very True, Mister.
It’s music to my ears, and I know music!

10 10 2011

This post help me to deliver a short sermon in the morning devotion of our school..thanks for the post.

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