1 Corinthians 6:9

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.
1 Corinthians 6:9
I may be dating myself here, but apparently, there used to be a time when the internet was not so easily accessible. Personal computers were not yet available to individuals. To access a computer, it required a trip to a library where you have access for a limited amount of time.
 
Fast forward to today, and it’s difficult to find anything that isn’t available via the internet. Smart phones, smart watches, smart TV’s, smart vehicles, and computers themselves are everywhere. We no longer have to physically go to the computer or to the internet, as most of us have access wherever we go in the palm of our hand.
 
This internet storyline is strikingly similar to what we find in Scripture regarding God’s presence. As we read in the Old Testament, God’s presence was only accessible through priests who could approach God’s presence on their behalf, and all of this took place in the Tabernacle and later the Temple.
 
But, God’s end game wasn’t to have his presence stay in a man-made building. God desired his presence to be within you and me, and so he made a way through his son. When Jesus was dying on the cross, he wasn’t just bearing our sin. He wasn’t just taking the wrath that we deserve. He was physically being the atoning, perfect sacrifice that we could never offer. He was taking his rightful place as the High Priest who goes to God on behalf of his people to plead our case before God.
 
We have no right to go before a holy God. We are so unholy, so broken, and so deceitful. Yet, Jesus exchanges our deceitfulness for truth. He trades our brokenness for wholeness. He in fact places his presence within us.  The Holy Spirit lives in us.
 
Because of Jesus, we can be seen as sons and daughters of the King. Because of Jesus, we have a right to the presence of God, and we now get to be the physical temples of God. Instead of us going to God’s presence, God’s presence literally comes to us and indwells you and me.
 
Though this is incredibly encouraging, it can be hard for us to remember. It’s easy and natural for us to think of ourselves as independent. Many of us have the ‘I can do this’ mentality deep within, yet let these words help guide us today.
 
You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:9b-10
 
Let’s remember who’s we are, remember the presence of God that dwells within us as believers. May we rely less and less on ourselves and more upon the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.
 
 Questions for reflection:

  1. When you think about who you are, what kinds of things come to mind? Are you often self-critical? Do you spend time finding faults with yourself?
  2. How does knowing the Holy Spirit indwells us as believers change the we can think of ourselves? Just for today try to remind yourself, at least every hour- the Holy Spirit lives in you!
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate 

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