A Temple

I don’t think it is coincidence that there were three main parts to the Temple and there are three main parts to a person. The Temple had 1) the outer courts, 2) the Holy Place and 3) the Most Holy Place. Each person has 1) a body, 2) a soul and 3) a spirit. In the outer court of the Temple, blood and water brought cleansing. When Jesus gave his body on the cross, blood and water flowed from His body cleansing us from all sin.

In the Holy Place were the lampstands for light, the Bread of Presence, and the altar of incense. Our soul is comprised of our mind, will, and emotions. And the Most Holy Place was the dwelling place of the Lord. Our spirit becomes unified with the Holy Spirit as we give our life to Jesus and the Spirit comes to dwell in us (1 Corinthians 6:17). We become Temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain separating the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place was torn in two. The point was not only that we now had access to the Presence of God but that the Presence of God wanted to bust out. The Holy Spirit wants to do the same. He doesn’t want to just dwell with your spirit, he wants you to be “filled with the Spirit”(Ephesians 5:18.) Meaning, he wants to completely saturate your soul and body.

He wants to renew your mind so that it brings light. He wants to see your will surrendered to the will of God so that it can become food/bread for your soul. Jesus said his food was to do the will of the Father (John 4:34). The Spirit wants to completely invade your emotions so that the cry of your heart aligns with God’s. Then he wants to show up in your body, purifying it with His Presence, so that it becomes an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:13).

The Holy Spirit wants to do to your whole person what God did to Solomon’s Temple when it was dedicated. “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped”(2 Chronicles 7:1-3).