"And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (6:16-18)We previously pondered how we as Gentiles (Jews literally called us "dogs" in Jesus's time!) could partake in promises seemingly addressed to Israel as a nation, but I don't think I took a stab at answering what could be an even more intriguing question...
How could Paul say that our bodies are temples of God?
|"Not one foreigner is to enter inside the, around the Sanctuary..."|
So if anyone had a reason to be a ultraliteralist, a "it says 'Temple', so it must mean the gold-encrusted, stone edifice atop Mt. Zion!" kind of guy, it was Paul. But that's not the case... he uses the term metaphorically 5 times (of a total of 11; 1 Cor 3:16, 17, 6:19, 2 Cor 6:16, Eph 2:21). Both of his uses of "tabernacle", the predecessor to the Temple, are symbolic (2 Cor 5:1,4). Where did he get this crazy idea that the Temple served as a symbol and picture of something greater?
The Lord Jesus Christ!
"Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here." (Mt 12:5-6) "Jesus answered and said unto them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'... But he spake of the temple of his body." (Jn 2:20-21)
|Likely the worst misunderstanding of the Temple in Salt Lake City|
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