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Rebuilding Your Temple

The Temple of God in Jerusalem was built as a literal replacement of the Tabernacle which was merely a tent - a temporary structure that was moved around and eventually wore out. The prophetic purpose of that Tabernacle was to portray the physical lives of God's people (the Tabernacle was even covered with "skin" i.e. "26:14 And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers' skins" Exodus 26:14 KJV; see also Who Invented Fur Coats?). The apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) used the term directly:

"5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life." (2 Corinthians 5:4 KJV)

The apostle Peter also spoke of it in that manner:

"1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me [see Peter's Prophecy]" (2 Peter 1:13-14 KJV)

"But He spake of the Temple of His body"

Did Paul and Peter come up with the idea on their own? No. They were faithfully following the teaching of Jesus Christ who spoke of His Body as a Temple of the Holy Spirit - and His resurrection as the rebuilding of that House of God.

The Holy Scriptures

"2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body." (John 2:19-21 KJV)

In the very heart of the Tabernacle, and then the Temple, was the Ark of the Covenant which contained God's Law. In the very heart of God's people, who are also Temples of The Holy Spirit, is God's Law. The Spirit houses the Law, for without it ("without" as in outside of it) the Spirit has no where to dwell (see also Spiritual Conception).

"3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." (2 Corinthians 3:3 KJV)

It's the meeting place of Spirit and flesh. As with Christ, our Temple will be rebuilt when it falls i.e. "The Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (see When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?).

"8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you [see The Cure For The Carnal Mind]. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:6-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: If not for King David, might the Ark of the Covenant have remained in a tent? Will there be a Temple in the Kingdom of God - or a Tabernacle, a tent?
See God's Tent

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