Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? – 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; – 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV)
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. – Ephesians 2:21-22 (NIV)
You ought to know who you are in Christ Jesus. The Word should give you an indication of who you are as His chosen and elect people. He offers us so much as Christians that we should be immersed in knowledge of what He has prepared for us, not intimidated by what others think we are or how we should act.
The Bible provides us with the visible temple in the Old Testament. Even throughout the Gospels and Acts, we see the temple as a meeting place where the people of God still came together and united in worship and prayer. However, we learn that the temple is just a shadow of what and who we are in Christ Jesus. The temple provides imagery of what all should occur within and among us as believers. We get a glimpse at what the Lord intends for us when we study of the ark, the tent of meeting and the holy of holies.
Jesus offers us a new identity. He gives us new life as well as eternal life. He shares with us through the Holy Spirit of God. We have been bestowed the gift of God through grace and by faith. We did not work for it. He gave us this precious gift so that we may live just as He intended for us to live; in Him, for Him, and with Him.
We are Christ’s body. We are His holy house. We are His church. We are bound together by His saving grace and covered by His shed blood for our salvation. We are who we are because of the sacrifice of the suffering Lord and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.