You are the temple of the living God
2 Corinthians chapters 6, 7
Week 17 Pentecost
In Church Slavonic
16 Or some addition of the church of God with idols; You are more alive than the church of God, as God says: I will dwell in them and resemble, and I will be God to them, and they will be people to me.
17 And from the midst of them shall you draw out, and separate yourself, saith the Lord, and do not touch the uncleanness, and I will receive you:
18 And I will be unto you in the Father, and you shall be to me in sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
1 Sitseva for the possession of the promise, of love, we cleanse ourselves from all filth and flesh and spirit, creatively holy in the eras of God.
16 What is the consistency of the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God said: I will dwell in them, and will walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.
17 Therefore, come out from among them, and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch the unclean one; and I will receive you
18 And I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
1 So, beloved, having such promises, we will cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, making holy in the fear of God.
I don’t know how you are, but I personally find it difficult to feel like the temple of God and believe that I am. Of course, this can be explained by the fact that I have not grown yet. However, the apostle Paul calls the temples of God of Corinthians, who were not at all distinguished by special holiness. Even on the contrary, the number and variety of sins in the Corinthian community is hardly comparable.
But the Apostle Paul calls them the temples of God, and it is on this basis that he calls them to forsake sins and be cleansed. That is, his logic is this: you are temples, the Spirit of God dwells in you, the Holy Spirit. And therefore live accordingly. The temple should be a temple, not a vegetable store, not a factory or even a museum, as it was in Soviet times.
However, the Corinthians knew that they had the Holy Spirit, they saw in their life His actions, they valued His gifts (1 Cor 12-14). And we? and I? … I never spoke with tongues and I don’t have the gift of prophecy either. So maybe, after all, I am not the temple of God, unlike the Corinthians, and Paul’s words do not refer to me?
How about baptism then? After all, the Spirit is given during the sacrament. How to deal with Communion? After all, at every Liturgy, a priest in the altar prays to God: “send down Your Holy Spirit on us and these present Gifts.” Does God not send the Spirit? What about the fact that sometimes after a confession or a prayer you clearly understand what needs to be done now? How, after all, to be with the prayer to the Heavenly King – have I really prayed to the Holy Spirit for 13 years and all wasted?
But maybe, all the same, this Gift is given to me – and I am the temple of God, only I don’t think about it and do not live accordingly? But does something change if I consider myself the temple of God?
I think yes, that will change. It’s one thing to think that I’m such a sinner and can’t change anything. And it is quite another to think about yourself as about a temple. So far, apparently, as about the destroyed temple. Then you want to remove all these incomprehensible piles of rubble inside, consisting of irritation and other ugly thoughts and deeds spilled onto others, restore walls of self-control destroyed by Internet addiction, install an altar in your heart, and sacrifice all your deeds to God. And twenty more times to think whether some actions are compatible with you, as with a temple.
In a good way, you need to constantly remind yourself that I am a temple, constantly wondering what I need to do (or not do) in this particular situation, being a temple of God, every evening to sum up the day … I'm not sure that I will succeed do on an ongoing basis. But we must try to live like that for at least a week. If you want – join. Next time I will write what happened to me, and you, if you want, also write about it in the comments.
Interpretations to the passage
Shiharhimadrit Abraham (Reidman)
Archbishop Theophilactus of Bulgaria
St. Theophan the Recluse
Questions for the passage:
Why does Paul ask the Corinthians about the compatibility of the temple of God with idols?
What promises of God does Paul remind the Corinthians?
What is said here about the addressees of the message, that is, about us?
What is “unclean” that we should not touch?
What have you learned / understood from the interpretations?
What did this teach you?
Reread the passage again.
Answer the questions
Do you think of yourself as a temple of God?
Is there something that you need to cleanse yourself from so that the temple of God – you – will not be defiled?
If so, write down in your diary in detail how and when are you going to do it?
What important things did you get when reading and pondering over a passage, when answering questions and reading interpretations?
What have you learned from thinking about the passage, answering questions and reading interpretations?
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