19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19
Many Christians struggle to live consistently.
It is a struggle because they think it’s up to them to make it work. Such struggles come from spiritual amnesia. If you don’t know who you are and what you have in Christ, you are never sure of what you need to do and how you should live for Christ.
This was the problem of the Corinthian church. It split into two extremes. One group was exceptionally “spiritual” and the other exceedingly “carnal”. Even though the former seemed “better” than the latter—both let their flesh dictate their behaviour.
The Apostle Paul returned the Corinthians back to the truth by telling them, “Do you not know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?” The Greek word for “know” is eido which means “to perceive something by discovering its reality”. The Corinthians knew the Holy Spirit resided deep in them, but somehow, they had forgotten both His presence and power. Instead, they struggled to live the Christian life, but Paul calls them and us to recall and remember this beautiful truth of the Holy Spirit dwelling in every believer.
Paul tells us our bodies are never ours but always God’s, but in Christ, God proves His personal stamp of ownership by sending His Holy Spirit to live in us. The very fact that the Holy Spirit is in you speaks of God’s personal approval of you. As such, instead of relying on your own strength to grow as a believer, work with the Holy Spirit to live and thrive well.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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