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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. Matt. 26:61

Throughout the centuries many have gone to the temple to worship God each in their own way. They have gone in the past to offer up sacrifices, to hear the words of the Rabbi and others, who read to them from the Talmud and the Old Testament. Year after year and Sabbath after Sabbath, the crowds have gathered to hear the words of their favorite teacher and minister, and have assumed that they were going to the temple.

And yet Jesus said some very astounding things when He declared that our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and that within the walls of this body, we can worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. We are that building not built with human hands but displayed through the many members of a spiritual body that is joined and built by the King of Kings.

Many were even more bewildered and dismayed when He spoke about how that temple would be destroyed and yet built back up in a mere three days. How could that be? Surely, it would take several men working eight hours a day for months to duplicate the temple that they had seen. And yet time after time, as we read His words we find out very soon that what is said in parables and in words of wisdom, that a deeper meaning was always implied.

And yet the pattern that was given to Solomon and the patriarchs, was but a shadow and a type of what the eternal temple is. The walls and trappings, the pillars and the curtains that were built on earth, were also being seen on that spiritual place where the true King dwelt. But the form and the material that was and is being used, is not meant to be the real temple. It again was but a template and a pattern for us to follow. Just as we are told that our faith can move mountains into the sea, we know that the mountains that we experience in this life are the many obstacles and trials that we face.

Now, just as the curtain was torn asunder and split down the middle when Jesus became our High Priest, may the curtain be even more torn asunder, so that we can grasp the true revelation of what the temple is. May we revel in the depths of our understanding and grasp the truth of Jesus “in us.” May we be changed from glory unto glory as we grasp these things. May we see and experience the eternal within us and ultimately see that temple. Then we will truly understand that the kingdom of God is within us.

Stephen Hanson