7 Aug. 1 Corinthians 3:1-23

7 Aug. Christians are temples of the Holy Spirit

"Brothers and sisters, in the past I could not talk to you as I talk to spiritual people. I had to talk to you as I would to people without the Spirit - babies in Christ."

"The teaching I gave you was like milk, not solid food, because you were not able to take solid food. And even now you are not ready. You are still not spiritual, because there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, and this shows that you are not spiritual."

"You are acting like people of the world. One of you says, 'I belong to Paul', and another says, 'I belong to Apollos'. When you say things like this, you are acting like people of the world..."

"Don't you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person, because God's temple is holy and you are that temple."

"Do not fool yourselves. If you think you are wise in this world, you should become a fool so that you can become truly wise, because the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. It is said in the Scriptures, 'He catches those who are wise in their own clever traps.'..." [Job 5:13]

"So you should not boast about human leaders. All things belong to you: Paul, Apollos and Peter; the world, life, death, the present and the future - all these belong to you. And you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God."

          (1 Corinthians 3:1-23)

 

 

In this part of his letter to the new believers in Corinth, Paul says that the Corinthians are still very young in their faith and are not yet ready to receive spiritual gifts because they still act like the people around them. They are like spiritual babies, requiring milk rather than solid food.

They are too busy quarrelling about what Paul or Apollos taught them instead of recognising Jesus as the foundation of their lives.

Like many Christians today, they have forgotten that they are 'temples' where God dwells, as God's Holy Spirit actually lives within us. So we should behave as 'holy' people, literally 'set aside' for God, as our bodies are indeed 'holy ground' where God lives.

So we should stop pretending we are wise, and should acknowledge that we are totally dependent on the God who gives us life. In the end, what really matters is not whether we follow this pastor or that church teaching, but that we belong to Christ, who belongs to God. So we are children of God who dwells within us and makes us special or 'holy'.

The photo shows a Roman fountain in Corinth. You can read more from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/temples-of-the-holy-spir…/


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