(KJV.) I CORINTHIANS 3:17
(17) If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
GRACE WITH LIMITATIONS?
In reference to the above text, let's study it by segments; (i) If any man defile the temple of God; a temple of God, can be understood in two different ways; in actual sense, the temple of God, is a structured building, categorized as a sanctuary, the place of worshipping, of holiness, where his spirit dwells to interacts, communes with his children, cf. Exodus 15:17; therefore, God himself desires to meet with his children at a particular place to listen to their prayers, breathe, and smile upon them; he is of holiness, dwells in holiness, but turns away from filthiness, cf. Deut. 23:13; per the Psalmist, Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is Holy. cf. Ps. 99:5; therefore, let us keep our worshipping environments clean, well organized, for it is a godly thing to do; in the spiritual sense, the temple of God, is within our innermost spirits, the holy spirit habitations, the kingdom of light within our souls. cf. Luke 17:21; consequently, let us watch out for what we consume into our temples, in other not to defile it, also, be cautious of what we allow into and out of our temples; when a believer abuses their sanctified temples with lasciviousness we defile the temple of God, the habitation of the Holy Spirit; and he does not condone or connive with spiritual filthiness; therefore, free grace has limitations as to what is rightful or wrongful for believers to indulge themselves.
Beloved, where is the temple of God? It is within you and me; therefore, let us cherish who we are in this world, we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people to show forth the princes of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light, cf. I Peter 2:9, never think negatively of ourselves to give the enemy power to rule over our lives, for what is within us is bigger than who he is in this world; also, there are a couple of spirits indwelling us, the original spirit, the breath of God, within our souls, the second is, the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit given by Jesus Christ to believers on the day of Pentecost. cf. Acts 2;1-4; we are not by ourselves in this world, however, it is factual that, whatever we intake into our spirits that itself is what takes preeminence over our lives; the question is, what temple are you? Ponder over it! and continue to love one another as ourselves! Jesus is coming back again soon! Thank you for reading! Peace and Love be unto you! Amen and Amen!