Text: 1 Corinthians 3 (2 Samuel 1-2)
1 Corinthians is sometimes called “the spanking of the saints” as it is filled with corrective instructions to a struggling church. Some of it may sound harsh, but it is motivated by deep love for the Church, the Body of Christ. The Church is very precious to God, and we have been entrusted with her. These words are underlined in my study Bible:
“God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)
In this verse, the “you” is plural, so it is not speaking to us as individuals, but rather as a body – the Church. To be holy is to be set apart for God. To be holy is to be distinct, apart and other. To be holy is to be pure. This is our calling as the Church. This is about “us”, together. Are we encouraging one another to live together as a family set apart for God? Are we working together to be distinct from the world around us? Are we addressing the things among us that would make us impure? When we pursue these things we are what God has called us to be – His temple – which is His dwelling place on the earth. May His glory shine through us.
in Him, Mike