I Corinthians 3:16-17: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (KJV)
I Corinthians 6:19-20: “Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own; for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.” (ASV)
II Corinthians 6:16-18; “And what agreement hath a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you, And will be to you a Father, And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (ASV)
When one considers these scriptures they must consider it in the context of the following scriptures about the body of Messiah:
I Corinthians 12:12-14 and 20; “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many....But now are they many members, yet but one body.” (KJV)
I Corinthians 12:25-28 “That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (KJV)
We often hear it preached or taught that we, as individuals, are spiritual temples to God. So, God has all these little spiritual temples walking around on the earth. While the concept is “interesting”, I find it un-Biblical.
Let me explain: It isn't in the divine plan of Yah to build a bunch of individual little temples, but it is in His plan to build ONE spiritual temple composed of individual “living stones.”
Just as the Body of Messiah is one, made up of individual members, likewise this spiritual temple that He is building, is made up of individual living stones. Those living stones, at the restoration of all things, will be fully fitted together and will complete the final spiritual temple for YHVH to dwell in.
We are told countless times throughout scripture that God does not desire to dwell in a physical temple made with hands.
Isaiah 66:1-3; “Thus saith Jehovah, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will ye build unto me? and what place shall be my rest? For all these things hath my hand made, and so all these things came to be, saith Jehovah: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my word.He that killeth an ox is as he that slayeth a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as he that breaketh a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as he that offereth swine's blood; he that burneth frankincense, as he that blesseth an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations:” (ASV)
This scripture is quoted twice in the book of Acts:
Acts 7:48-51; “Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in houses made with hands; as saith the prophet, The heaven is my throne, And the earth the footstool of my feet: What manner of house will ye build me? saith the Lord: Or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things? Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.”
Acts 17:24-31; “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (KJV)
Scripture also records that God never desired sacrifices and offerings of animals:
Psalms 40:6-8; “Sacrifice and offering thou hast no delight in; Mine ears hast thou opened: Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I am come; In the roll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do thy will, O my God; Yea, thy law is within my heart.”
The writer of the book of Hebrews elaborates on this passage from Psalms:
Hebrews 10:5-10; “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, But a body didst thou prepare for me; In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hadst no pleasure: Then said I, Lo, I am come (In the roll of the book it is written of me) To do thy will, O God. Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein (the which are offered according to the law), then hath he said, Lo, I am come to do thy will. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
If God didn't originally desire to dwell in a temple made with hands and to require sacrifices and offerings of animals, then why did He give commands for this to happen? SIN ! All of this was required because of the SIN of human beings! It all started in the b'resheet; IN THE BEGINNING! B'resheet is the Hebrew word for the book of the Bible that we call “Genesis”. It means “in the beginning”.
The scriptures above, as well as all of the prophets and writings, Neviim and Ketuvim, tell of the coming one, the Anointed One, who will reverse the curse of the fall in the Garden of Eden. This Anointed One will restore all things to the way that they were in the Garden of Eden. Notice that in the Garden of Eden there was no physical temple, nor were sacrifices of animals required.
So, back to this temple thing! We are not individual temples walking around but