The Temple of the Holy Ghost 1 Cor. 6:19 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost – 1 Cor 6:19 – the tabernacle typifies a life of:
GOD – Filled with articles representative of God – ark, mercy seat, candlestick, table of shewbread and altar of incense – ark contained law [righteousness of God] – mercy seat covered it symbolizing our salvation in Jesus completing our righteousness and freeing us from the law of sin and death – candlestick typifies Holy Spirit – shewbread typifies Jesus – incense typifies our fellowship with God through prayer – so we as the temple of God are to be filled with God – Jesus resides in us as does the Holy Spirit and we are to be filled [today many are living on “feelings” not “filling”] – the offering of incense was a continual offering and so our fellowship with Jesus must be continual through prayer – likewise there was the laver where we wash in the words of God to have fellowship with him [Eph 5:26 water of the word] – don’t do your Bible reading, get up and leave your tabernacle till you return at night.
REST – You move as God moves – they encamped till the cloud rose off the tabernacle and then they moved – when it rested, they rested – and so with God – we stay with him till he starts moving then we go with him everywhere he goes.
SACRIFICE – There was the brazen altar on which the sacrifices were made – likewise, we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to do the will of God – is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid – they quit offering sacrifice there and were sacrificing on the high places – likewise some Christians sacrifice themselves to other things instead of to the Lord – offer yourself wholly to God.
DEATH – The tabernacle was made of wood covered with gold and it was covered with skins [rams, goats and badgers] – all of these animals were dead – so likewise we must be dead – the tabernacle did not move by itself – it had to be carried – thus we must be led by the spirit of God and we cannot lead ourselves because we are dead [Gal 2:20] – when we come to life again, the spirit cannot take us where he wants us to go because we start moving in a direction that is contrary to him – the flesh lusteth against the Spirit.
UNATTRACTIVENESS – The tabernacle was the temporary resting place of the Lord until the temple – so our bodies are just temporary resting places for the Lord – out heavenly temple is on high – thus the tabernacle was not all that pretty from the outside – it was beautiful on the inside – so it’s not our outward appearance it is the inward beauty of the presence of God – this earthly house will drop.
FORGIVENESS – Blood was being shed there continually and thus the blood is being applied continually in our behalf – 1 Jn 1:7-9, Heb 9:14 – and likewise we forgive.
PURITY – Junk got in the temple during the days of the kings and Hezekiah and Josiah had to throw the junk out – typically idols – and in Jesus’ day money changers [covetousness is idolatry] – we must throw the junk out and we must keep the temple clean – we have to keep the idols and the strangers out of the temple.
PROTECTION – The tribes all camped around the tabernacle – because the enemy wants to get inside – so the armies of God were around it to protect it – thus we are surrounded by armor to protect us from letting the enemy inside – the enemy loves to enter through the imagination – it is the easiest way – and also through the affections of the heart – can you imagine the high priest inviting strangers into the temple [Paul and Trophimus] – no way – so why do we – the tabernacle was surrounded by a court – no one could see in or out – so we shouldn’t let our eyes wander without – let your eye be single.