Temple of the Holy Spirit

The majority of people, unfortunately, live their lives in these two realms: biological existence and social environment. The prevalent view/attitude is, “Let’s eat, drink and be merry…for tomorrow we’ll die” (Luke 12:19; 1Cor.15:32). People live/make use of their bodies to this extent.

Our spiritual birth is not the result of a natural process or the result of a human action/intervention. Our spiritual birth is the result of God’s intervention. “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12, 13).

This birth from above opens for us God’s spiritual realm. We are being informed and taught about the spiritual/godly attitude towards our bodies.

Reading the NT we discover that the Holy Spirit is at work teaching us about: food, drink, social behaviour and sexual activity.

Food: All food is good. “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:8).

Drink: Use it for satisfying thirst or as a medicine. “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).

Social behaviour: Live in peace with all; Bless, do not curse; Don’t repay evil with evil. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Sexual activity: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Paul was addressing a wrong understanding of the words “I am allowed to do anything.” While the saying is true, it needs to be applied with a Christian mindset. Paul reminds them (and us) that the body was made for the Lord (v.13); that our bodies are members of Christ; and that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (v.19). As such we are to honor God with our bodies.


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1).