Your Body, God's TempleVol. 28 No. 5 | Jul-Aug 2018
Have you ever considered that your body does not belong to you? The apostle Paul tells us, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost…and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price.” 1 Cor. 6:19, 20. Peter tells us that Christ redeemed us with His own blood. 1 Pet. 1:18, 19. All that we have or are is on loan from God.
But how do we treat this exquisite body? Do we abuse it with alcohol, tobacco, or harmful drugs? Do we clog it with a high calorie, high fat diet? Do we under-exercise it or over-stimulate it? Would the rightful Owner be pleased at the shape in which He finds His entrusted property?
I. GIVE GOD THE GLORY
1. How was man created in the beginning? Gen. 1:27
Because of sin, the divine likeness in man has been marred. Physical, mental, and spiritual powers have all been weakened and man is now subject to sickness and death
2. Even after man’s fall, what is God’s desire for us? 3 John 2
3. What was one of Jesus’ main reasons for coming to this earth? John 10:10
4. What should be the primary motivation for everything we do? 1 Cor. 10:31; Zech. 7:5, 6
Our body has been bought by the precious blood of Jesus. We are not at liberty to use or abuse it as we please. We are to glorify God in our body.
5. What principle of health, laid down for Israel, is valid for us also? Ex. 15:26
God made the physical laws just as he did the moral laws. We should study their requirements as they apply to our bodies.
IV. DEFILING THE TEMPLE
1. If a Christian deliberately defiles his body, God’s temple, what will God do? 1 Cor. 3:17
God is the giver of life. Anything that destroys life opposes God. So if I destroy my body quickly or gradually by any harmful practice, then I disregard God’s will for me. Three very common ways to defile and destroy one’s body are with tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
2. Why is it important to keep our bodies pure and holy? Rom. 12:1
3. If we are looking forward to meeting God, what will we be doing? 1 John 3:3
4. What does The Bible say about strong drink and other things that injure the body? Prov. 20:1; Prov. 23:29–35
5. What command of God forbids the use of any substance that would shorten life? Ex. 20:13
Tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and any other harmful substance decrease the efficiency of the body’s functions and shorten life. Living with intelligent self-control glorifies God and enables the Christian to give Christ longer and better service.
II. TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
1.How does God strengthen the inner man? Eph. 3:16
In the last section we found that Christ paid the ransom for our spiritual being. The price included our body. Because we live in a physical world, we also need his strength in both physical and spiritual things.
2. Where does the Holy Spirit dwell? Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts to transform us and make us more like Himself.
3. What is the temple of the Holy Spirit? 1 Cor. 6:19–20
Our body can be a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. But if we abuse our bodies with things that harm it such as tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and unhealthy foods, we desecrate our body temple, frustrating the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
4. What should be our daily prayer? Psalm 51:11
V. MENTAL CONNECTION
1. To what does Solomon liken a cheerful attitude? Prov. 17:22
Physical well-being and the state of mind are closely connected. The vigor of the body affects the state of mind, and the state of mind affects the body. When we are cheerful there is less possibility for the body to become depressed or diseased. This fact shows the influence of the mind upon the body.
2. How did Daniel and his three friends fare after living a simple lifestyle which avoided rich foods and intoxicating and injurious substances? Dan. 1:19–20
Daniel and his friends had better understanding because they were in better physical condition than all the other young men in the king’s school. This fact shows the influence of the body upon the mind.
3. Where is the mind of Christ to be? Phil. 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:16
Since we are to have Christ’s mind in us, what kind of mind did He have? As He was perfect in every area, so we should strive to have our minds as clear as possible to allow His mind to work through our mind. This good can be achieved through simple diet, exercise, rest, plenty of pure water, sunshine, self-control in all things, fresh air, and trust in God.
4. How can those who find themselves enslaved by injurious habits gain the victory over them? Phil. 4:13
We have only one life to live. In this life we should do all we can for the glory of God and the service of others, including taking care of our bodies so that we can have God’s Spirit in us. We must follow all the counsel that God has provided for us in the area of our health. Our health is so important that when it is gone, life loses its real joy.
Consequently, we should strive daily to preserve our health. As we do so, we can be a true blessing to our fellow man.
I wish to take hold of the power of God and through His strength to live the healthful lifestyle that the Bible outlines. I want my body to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I am ready to reform any habit that might be harmful to that temple.
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