The temple of the Holy Spirit

RE Verse reading–Acts 6:8-15, 7:1-60 (day seven)  “The Most High does not live in houses made by human hands”  (7:48)  One of the “hot button” issues of the ancient world was the Christian view of the Temple.  Following the example of Christ (in thought and deed) the early believers shifted their loyalty from place to person.  When Jesus said, “destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up” he was referring to His body.  Paul later conferred this distinction to every believer.  “Your BODY is the temple of the Holy Spirit”  (1 Corinthians 6:19)  Inflammatory idea!  The Jewish leaders regarded the Temple as a holy place.  It was a traditon and also a significant source of their funding.  Part of their negative reaction to Stephen can be traced this this prejudice.  Just one more example of how redeemed minds begin to to think new thoughts, and how unpopular it can be with people who want to hang on to the old thoughts.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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