Living by Grace

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Moving Temples of Life

… your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you …    1 Corinthians 6:19

By describing our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit the Scriptures are indicating that there is something special about them.

In the last chapters of the book by his name the prophet Ezekiel details a vision of a temple.

Chapter 47 records Ezekiel’s account of water flowing from under the right side of the temple until it becomes a river flowing into the sea. Everywhere the water flowed it brought healing. The last part of verse nine says:

… everything will live wherever the river goes.

Jesus must have had Ezekiel’s vision of this temple and its river in mind on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles when he cried:

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water   John 7:37b-38.

Following his quotation of the words of Jesus, John added:

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive    John 7:39a.

The temple of Ezekiel was stationary. It produced a river bringing healing and life—to fish and plants.

The temple of our bodies is mobile. When we live out our lives in total dependence on Jesus, we take rivers (notice the plural) of life-giving water wherever we go—to the spirits of people made in the image of God.