Monday, March 10, 2008

The Temple -- Old and New

The thing is, we're tempted to think that when Jesus and the Scriptures talk about his body/the church being the "temple," that they're speaking metaphorically. It's cute and suggestive, the thought goes, but it's not really the temple.

The thing is, though, that the temple is where the Spirit resides; it's where God dwells with us. When the Spirit indwellt humans -- at Pentecost and then at baptism from then on -- humans became God's temple; there's no metaphor about it. God now tabernacles with humanity in his church.



Blogger gyoung said...

I imagine you are aware of this, but in case not I once heard someone interpret John 1:14a as

The Word became flesh and "tabernacled" among us. . .


March 11, 2008 12:16 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Gary,

Right. I understand that "tabernacle" is the Greek word.

Very powerful.

March 12, 2008 7:19 AM  

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