by Tim Greenwood
1 Cor 3:16-17(NIV) Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
God, through His Word, says that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit! If God says that you are something then:
Before we start this study take a few moments and look the following diagrams. The first is a diagram of the tabernacle (temple) that the lord gave Moses detailed instructions how to build. The reason the plans were so detailed, was that Moses was to build an earthly representation of the real temple in heaven. The second diagram is of the tabernacle (or structure) of man (the Temple of the Holy Spirit). Notice the remarkable analogy between the two.
The reason I feel that this is so important is simple. The Christian life is predicated upon “change” and it is very difficult to change something when you have no idea how it works. There are many more intricate little details that I don’t
have the space here to go into. So it is the goal of this article simply to help you more clearly understand how God has designed you to operate and grow while here on the earth.
According to Luke 4:18 Jesus stated: “The spirit of the lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me (and sent me) to … heal the brokenhearted.”
Your heart may have a veil.
Lam 3:65 Put a veil over their hearts, and may the curse be on them!
In the tabernacle, we see the veil as a heavy curtain separating the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. This was known as the "third veil" or "the Life." The Hebrew word for this veil was 'Poreketh' and translated to "the separation". This
veil was part of the curse, from which we were redeemed by Jesus.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Jer 21:8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick (living), and powerful (effective), and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing (penetrating) even to 'the dividing asunder' ("the separation") of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Greek word for the 'two-edged' sword is 'distomos' and at first may seem very odd - because it translates to "two-mouthed" sword. The Rhema Word of God is the 'spoken' (or mouthed) Word of God. And the sword is two-mouthed because first
God spoke (or revealed) His Word, and then we speak His Word, which activates it. So the emphases here should be that it refers to the spoken, revealed Word of God. The Greek word for 'piercing' is 'Dukneomai' which translates to "penetrating".
The Greek word for 'the dividing asunder' is 'Merismos' and translates to "the Separation". The same as the Hebrew word for veil. So Heb. 4:12 could be translated like this:
The Word of God is alive, effective, comprehensive and decisive - taking the place of (or exceeding) any double-edged blade (or sword) penetrating the separation (the veil) between the soul and spirit.
When you received Jesus as your lord and savior you were ‘born-again’ and at that instant your spirit was renewed (or made brand new). And if you invited him to do so, the Holy Spirit moved in to live, dwell and abide in your spirit. So that half of your heart is healed and made whole. (Locate your spirit in diagram 2.)
Now the soul is a different matter. Remember your soul contains your mind, will and emotions. And it does not automatically become renewed. The renewal of the soul begins with the renewal of the mind, which is your responsibility.
You can tell when your heart is being healed from being broken – when you open your mouth and your words are now God’s words. Diagram 2 doesn’t show it, but your words originate in the soul, go out the door through the body and out the gate (or your mouth). Mat 12:34 says, “… out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” If what is in you heart is good, then your words will be good. Conversely if what is in your heart is bad then eventually bad, (negative, non-productive, idle) words will come out of your mouth.
In mat. 12:36-37 Jesus says, “… Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment. For by your words thou shall be justified, and by your words thou shall be condemned.”
James 2:26 says, “for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Let’s look at how the Holy Spirit interacts with your spirit.