[May 10]
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? I Corinthians 3:16
THE figure of a temple is variously used in respect to the church. Each Christian is spoken of as being a temple of the Holy Spirit after he receives the begetting of the Spirit. Each congregation might be considered the temple of God. And the church as a whole when gathered to the heavenly condition will be God's temple, in that God will dwell in them. According to another figure, each Christian is a living stone in preparation for the great temple of the future, now being chiseled, polished, made ready for his place in the temple above. The thought is that as God in olden times was represented in the tabernacle by the Shekinah glory of the most holy, and was also represented in the literal temple of Jerusalem, so he is represented now in all those who are begotten of his Holy Spirit, and will be represented further by all who walk in harmony with their Spirit-begetting and continue to abide in the Lord's love. Z'16-14 R5831:5 (Hymn 332)