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God's inner sanctuary

The apostle Paul is saying that the church is God's inner sanctuary. Most translations are saying that the church is the temple of God, but the Passion Translation is using a different expression. It is the many different ways of saying things that excite me with this translation. A few days ago I came across this verse: "Don't you realise that together you have become God's inner sanctuary and that the Spirit of God makes his permanent home in you?" (1 Cor 3:16)

It is the plural you (you all) that shows that the apostle is referring to the body of believers who is the church. Together we have become the inner sanctuary of God, his very dwelling place on the earth. The covenant community is the most holy place in the universe. It is the dwelling place of the most holy God on earth. The inner sanctuary is the place of the ark of the covenant that contains the Law of God and the budding rod of Aron. It is a place of revelation and life. 

Later Paul is saying that the human body of the individual believer is a temple and a dwelling place of God (1 Cor 6:19. We have become living stones built together into the living house of God. Individually and collectively we are carrying with us the very presence of God. The Holy Spirit has made his permanent home inside us and among us. We need to hold these two truths about our individual and our corporate identity in Christ together in balance.