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How does our body become a temple?
When Christ died on the cross the Holy Spirit was released, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. The veil hung in the temple chamber called the Holy of Holies, where the ark of the covenant represented the presence of God.
The veil signified our separation from God. The high priest was the only one allowed behind the veil. Each year the priest would perform an atonement ceremony for the people. Upon Christ’s death God Himself removed the veil hanging in the temple, tearing it from top to bottom. This signifies that we are no longer separated from Him.
Our belief in Christ allows the Holy Spirit to come dwell in us, our body becomes a temple and we have direct access to God. There are no restrictions on who can believe. Anyone who believes is accepted.
There is no religious ceremony required for salvation. We don’t have to be in a church building to believe. No acts of service or good works will get us there. No money or valuable possessions can be exchanged for it. There is nothing we can offer except faith.
Simply believing, accepting Christ, is all that is required. Simply amazing.
What happens once we become a believer and our body is a temple? We’ll take a look at that next week on Temple Tuesday.
Body as the temple scriptures:
1st Corinthians 3:16-17
1st Corinthians 6:19
2nd Corinthians 6:16
1st Peter 2:5