Note that *every* time Paul made reference to the Temple as the dwelling place of God, he saw it composed of believers. He said, “Know ye not that *you* are the temple of God” (1Cor. 3:16). In his last great move toward obtaining this temple, the antichrist’s design is to confuse and deceive us who make up the Temple. Can you see it? He wants the Temple (us) because we are where the Spirit of God dwells. From us, redeemed and made whole in Christ, will go forth Jesus’ Righteous and Wise Government in all of the new Heaven and new earth!
(The passages where Paul used the word naos when making reference to the temple: 1Cor. 3:16-17, 6:19; 2Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21; 2Thes. 2:4.)
What does the Temple look like? Here’s who you REALLY are. Consider your spirit as the core of who you are. Surrounding your spirit, with roots reaching into it and drawing substance and strength from it, is your soul. Your soul consists of your mind at the top, your emotions and your will each to the side of the mind, and your conscience giving foundation to the whole. All this is the real you, housed in your body. This is the “floor plan” of the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Consider these things carefully and it will change your life. : )
As the enemy attacks the Temple then, he has a plan. In order to lay hold of our spirits, the man of sin is reaching for our minds. Television, movies, advertising, dabbling in the computer on-line stuff, vain ambitions of power or money or intellect or glandular things... We can “offer” (Rom. 6, 12) these things to the enemy, or draw on the Life of Christ Jesus within to put to death the misdeeds of the body and mind—“by the Spirit” (out of a love relationship with the Son—Rom. 8). We can obey Him out of the wellspring of Life that He put within us to “cause! us to keep His commands”!
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws” (Eze. 36:25-27).
What WONDERFUL news. Consider your areas of weakness, and by your Faith in His Word, hold God to His Promise! HE wants it for you!
Yet, if we give the enemy our minds, whether through the eyegate, the eargate, our imaginations, or letting our hormones have control rather than the Spirit of the Son, we start a chain reaction that leads to rotting and death (Jas. 1:14-16). Remember the “floor plan” of the Temple of the Holy Spirit? On obtaining our minds, the enemy aims to control our emotions and gain their strengths. By controlling our emotions, he intends to draw our will after him. On taking control of this, he thinks he will use us at his will to destroy God’s Purposes to inhabit the heavens and the earth with His Glory, with His Elect ruling with Him for Eternity. The man of sin is attempting to defile God’s Holy Temple, His People, and render them useless.
While we have all made mistakes, the glorious fact remains...
“... in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:37-39). Amen.
No backing off, dear Chosen Ones!!!