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Your Body Is A Temple 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE

1 Corinthians 6: 15, 19-20
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Commentary:
Verse 19 declares that our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost. The Bible is a vast compilation of scripture and it’s hard to remember it all (which is why we should read from it everyday, over and over) but this passage I think is worth commenting on.

I think if fellow Christians understood this verse, that are bodies are temples, they may treat their bodies different. This verse is preceded by a list of things that can defile our temples and we’re told to avoid them. As I ponder and think “out loud” I wonder about all these body piercings and tattoos…Would you feel offended if some vandal broke the windows to your place of worship? What if they spray painted all over your Church and called it art and self-expression?

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I am not judging these people who are involved in body piercings and tattoos. I feel sorry for them from this perspective. But their bodies are no less temples than yours or mine. If you ready this blog don’t be angry with me. I’m just ruminating on this concept of if our bodies are temples then shouldn’t we treat them as such?

If you are into expressing yourself why not do it in a constructive way that reflects Christian ideals with Christian jewelry like cross necklaces or with many other types of Christian jewelry.

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Again speaking of our Churches and places of worship, how would we feel if they were defiled in any other way. How would you feel? There are many other ways to defile the body including sexual sins, drunkenness, being thieves, coveting etc.

Our bodies are not ours. They were bought with a price. They cost the blood of God the Son who shed his blood for us in Gethsemane and on the Cross at Calvary. Our resurrection regardless of how we treat ourselves is assured.

If we want salvation, living with God and Christ, then we must submit ourselves to the will of Him who paid the ransom for us, even the Messiah. If these scriptures and commentary move you to want to do better than know that by repentance (a change of heart) we can be forgiven and as verse 17 of the Sixth chapter of Romans says “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit”. And we can “therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit”.

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Wearing sterling silver cross necklaces or other types of Christian jewelry is a great way to express yourself and not have your body permanently disfigured. Sterling silver cross necklaces go with anything you wear and still show others your commitments. sterling silver cross jewelry comes in rings, earring, necklaces and pendants.

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3 Responses

  1. […] 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Source: Scripture for Christians […]

  2. I think there could possibly be multiple meanings to this because of the way some could take it. To some, you decorate a temple, fill it with your soul and the objects that relate to your god. Back during that time people tattooed themselves with the mark of their gods or god depending on the religion. I think as long as the tattoo isn’t offensive to god and you feel like you could bare it infront of him then I think it’s ok. Just a personal opinion.

  3. Latter-day Saints who live out faithful lives, the reality is that a Christian believer is to become a temple unto God. This happens at the moment of conversion and confession that Jesus is the Christ, Son.

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