YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF HOLY SPIRIT
“Do you not know that your body is the temple
of the Holy Spirit.which is in you, which you have from God
and you are not your own? For you were bought
with a price” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we were purchased with a huge price! The price paid for us should strike great fear into our souls! For the price paid saves each one of us because the Godman being nailed to the Cross. His own suffering and crucifixion is the price He paid for our salvation and redemption and He was motivated by His great love for all mankind..
Western Christianity erroneously has claimed that evil men seized Jesus, tortured Him and nailed Him to the Cross. How could this be possible? Christ is not an ordinary man but is truly God the Logos and Godman. For He is the source of all power and authority both in heaven and on earth. Just by willing it He could defeat His enemies who would fall down helplessly before Him. But Jesus had a very different plan. He desired to go to the Cross in order to save the human race. For by suffering crucifixion under the law He would eliminate the devil’s power and authority over the entire race of man. Thus the crucifixion of Christ was accomplished because He willed it to be a voluntary action on His part. He paid our ransom with His suffering and death, and this was the price for liberating all men from the filthy clutches of the evil one. The devil surrendered his power under the law because he had broken the law when he crucified an innocent man – Jesus Christ the Godman.
Christ established His Church on earth and promised its endure, saying the gates of hades will not prevail against it. This Church then, necessarily has a history that is traceable which is today known as the holy Orthodox Church. According to Christ’s promise the Church has always prevailed over all attacks by heresies and schisms which seeks to distort the divine truths within her. Outside of the original and orthodox Church there is no church for there is only One Church, but many fabricated churches have been established and prevail by those outside the Church.
These things being so why doesn’t the Orthodox Church of Christ prevail, while the Papacy and Protestants multiply. The answer is that they have zealous promoters of their doctrine and the Orthodox probably fail to realize their great responsibility, which is to live a genuine spiritual life and spread knowledge of the Church to many others throughout their lives. This is the work of Christ and it is also the work of members of the Church.
Our lives are not our own and they do not belong to us for we are bought and paid for by Christ’s willing suffering and sacrifice, as it says above: “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. which is in you, which you have from God and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price”
When we were baptized by triune immersion we became temples of Holy Spirit who descends and dwells in us, and we no longer are our own, but fall directly under the authority of our King and Savior Jesus Christ, and so we become the property of God who lives in us His temple. The Holy Spirit enters our soul conditionally for to keep Him dwelling in us we must follow all of Christ’s commandments deny our own will and always do the will of God. But if we become careless or negligent we will cause of the Holy Spirit to depart from us. This is extremely serious and places us in the greatest danger for we sin He leaves us and our former temple will change to a pigsty. For when the Spirit departs from us Satan returns back and our unfortunate souls and bodies and we become his captives, and when our life is over in this world, in such sad and deplorable condition will we appear at the dread judgment.