Remember the ire of the Jews when Jesus spoke of destroying the temple, and they thought he was referring to the physical temple in Jerusalem?

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.
1 Corinthians 3.16-17 NET Continue reading

This morning, Quick Bible Truths has this line:

Carnality fails to grasp the foundational truth that the Spirit dwells in God’s people. http://nlt.to/1co.3.16-17

So that we know what we’re talking about here are the Bible verses in question, in the NET Bible:

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.

The QBT phrase is based upon an affirmation of Robertson and Plummer in their commentary on 1 Corinthians, in the ICC series, who seem to capture the point of chapter 3:

“The Corinthians are so carnal that they have never grasped, or have failed to retain, so fundamental a doctrine as that of the indwelling of the Spirit.

This affirmation raises a number of questions.

  • Are they correct that the indwelling of the Spirit is a fundamental doctrine?
  • Is it essential to understand what this indwelling consists of?
  • Is the lack of such an understanding symptomatic of carnality?
  • Does the denial of the Spirit’s indwelling prevent his activity in the life of a Christian?
  • Does the failure to grasp or retain this understanding contribute to divisiveness in the body of Christ?

These seem to be important questions to ask, especially considering that the topic is one of keen interest among us.