October 19, 2019
Jesus probably cleansed the temple in Jerusalem at least twice, once at the beginning of His ministry and then shortly before His arrest and crucifixion. During Jesus’ ministry on earth and afterwards, the religious leaders refused to keep the temple clean, and for this reason among others the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem in AD 70.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the Apostle Paul wrote about our bodies as followers of Jesus Christ: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” Jesus spoke of His body as the temple of God, and the Bible speaks of our bodies as temples of God too.
As we study John 2:13-25 this week, let us think and pray about the zeal Jesus may have regarding our keeping our minds and hearts spiritually clean. Jesus’ zeal led Him to discipline those who made the temple in Jerusalem a den of thieves, but His zeal and discipline did not lead to their change of behavior in the temple for very long if at all. It is our responsibility to keep ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually clean so we can represent Jesus before others, just as God intended the temple in Jerusalem to be clean and represent Him on earth until the coming of His Son, Jesus, and His creation of the Church.
Let’s pray, read, study the Bible, love, and obey Jesus so we will not need His discipline. As soon as we recognize that we have sinned against God, knowing that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, let’s repent as quickly as we can and pray for Jesus to fill us once again with His Spirit; then, we will have His guidance and power to make our bodies true temples of God.
Let’s pray that if we need Jesus’ discipline to change that we will make all the changes we need to make in the way we treat God, others, and ourselves. Let’s also pray that the Holy Spirit will help us maintain the changes Jesus wants us to make with His help. Jesus is our Savior and Lord, and He will help us through the Holy Spirit who indwells us.
Let us pray that as temples of God the indwelling Holy Spirit will use us to share, teach, and show forth the truth of God that many might be drawn by our Heavenly Father to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!
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