The Temple of the Living God

by Scarlett Stough

We are called “the temple of the living God” (1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16) because we have believed in Christ, have been baptized, and have received God's Holy Spirit which dwells within. Because we are God's living temple, we have a responsibility to keep idolatry out of our lives (1 Corinthians 10:14). We also have a responsibility to cleanse ourselves from sexual sins (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). Believers have a responsibility to avoid partnering with unbelievers in ungodly behaviors (2 Corinthians 6:14).

We don't have to guess what those ungodly behaviors are:

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hated, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21

The antidote to these sinful acts is to allow God's Holy Spirit to lead and bear fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:10-18, 22-26).