Your Body Is God's Temple
When Paul wrote to the Corinthians and brought up the subject of temples, he wasn't writing anything totally new or completely sensational. The temple of Apollo stood overlooking the Aegean, and its ruins are still standing there today. The temple of Aphrodite, the sex goddess, stood on the Acropolis overlooking the city, and more than 1,000 priestess-prostitutes catered to the Corinthian men - all under the guise of religion. Besides, many of the Corinthians had been to Athens, a day's journey away, where there were hundreds of temples - one for about every god or goddess you could conceptualize.
But what Paul taught was revolutionary and striking. He talked about a living God in a living body - that was completely different from anything the Corinthians had ever heard before.
Sexual purity was the issue that Paul was addressing, and he drew a distinct line between the culture and the cross. It's always been that way, from Paul's day to the present, and it will be that way until God's Son returns the second time.
To understand that God's Holy Spirit dwells within when you are a Christian is a rather humbling and sobering truth. It's humbling to think that God cares enough about you to actually make you His dwelling place, and sobering to realize that our outward lives need to match the value of that which dwells within.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19