Our Body As God’s Temple

People often refer to 1 Corinthians 3:16 as the reference to our body being God’s temple. However, the word “you” is plural and is referring to the church at Corinth along with the Church as the body of Christ (see the footnote in the reference link above). The concept is still valid though with 1 Corinthians 6:19 being the reference.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

13 Responses to “Our Body As God’s Temple”


  1. 1 rebecca

    people do say “our body i.e physical body is the temple of god almighty in the sense that most female miss use their body to earn money all i want now is a better explanation on that same topic “our body is the temple of almighty god”   THANKS i will be expecting your reply very soon.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Hi,
    I think what is being said is that because God gives us His Holy Spirit, he now dwells within us instead of a physical temple as in Old Testament times.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Jeff

    1 John 4:13
    This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

    Revelation 21:3
    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

  3. 3 REBECCCA

    GOODDAY DOES IT MEAN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN DWELL WITH SOMEBODY MISUSING THE BODY BECAUSE IF WE LOOK AT MOST PROPHET GOD USES THEY ARE THE ONES WHO SINS MOST WITH THERE BODY. PLEASE I WANT TO WHY GOD USES SUCH PEOPLE.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Hi. That’s a very complex question that I’m not knowledgeable enough to give a good answer.

    Some of the things the prophets did were directed by God.

    Christians do sin and God has forgiven them. He still dwells within them. Sorry I can’t give a better answer.
    Jeff

    P.S. You might not want to type in ALL CAPS

  5. 5 tommie

    god lives in all fo us once with accepts him but as we continue to sin he slowly moves out like a crack in a jar if you put water in it it won;t come out all at once but it slowly comes out god will never forsake us we leaves him and don’t forget god get the glory at the end .

  6. 6 Wanda

    God gives and forgives; man gets, and forgets. We are but filthy rags before the most High God yet He still dwells within us. That agape love is awesome! It’s so good to know He’s always there for us especially when we’re walking through that valley of the shadow of death….Hallelujah!!!!!!

  7. 7 Heather

    I have fond memories of being told this as a child.

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    That would be a nice thing to be taught early.
    Jeff

  9. 9 Brennen

    I think the reason God uses the people he does is to show all of us that He doesn’t need a special perfect person to do what he calls us to. “God doesn’t call those already equipped, He equipps those he calls”

  10. 10 Lil

    Also remember GOD equips and prepares the Body he will use to carry out his purpose. Even Paul had to be humbled and prepared for service. God uses the weak to show himself strong. He is a Sovereign God he can use whomever he wants to when he wants to. He searches the heart of man seeking those who seek him. We can look out a person outward appearance and maybe look at their past actions or current, but we don’t know what they are praying for in their hearts but GOD DOES. I love the Lord his mercies endureth forever!

  11. 11 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks Lil. Good words.
    Jeff

  12. 12 Jscot

    Our body as God’s temple.

    Temple in this context is tied in with the word shrine. Contextually there were shrines all over the show in 1st century Corinth, and they were to be kept holy. Already there’s a vivid image of the Holy Spirit dwelling within the body – which its a ‘shrine’.

    The libertine Corinthians hated their bodies, the were true dualists. To hear this message was to shack their paradigms into reconsidering what it means to be slaves of Christ (ref 6:19). Paul is directly attacking this dualism of spirit over spirit, acknowledging a revolutionary idea to the Corinthians – that their bodies are not their own but Christs, therefore Christ has Lordship over that area of their lives too. The picture is coming together, the Corinthians had an over realized eschatology! And this is exactly what Paul is fighting!

    The Corinthians deny bodily resurrection, which as we know is the crux of the message of Christ.

    Now in terms of body(soma) being described here as the church, I think contextually in 6:19 this is wrong, as it would negate a majority of what was just said in 18. So, personally I wouldn’t use this a place to the body of Christ as a whole. 3:16 is though, and does describe the Church as a group of believers who act as the temple. What the difference is though, is that Paul is taking this concept of the group of believers being a temple, and merely placing that template onto the individual – as in 6:12-20 he would have be speaking to specific people within the congregation about their problem with prostitution (which was because of this syncretistic dualism/over realized eschatology).

    hope this helps?

  13. 13 Scripture Zealot

    I was saying that 6:19 refers to our individual bodies and 3:16 collectively. People often think 3:16 is referring to us as individuals.
    Jeff

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