• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Houses Of Worship And Other Sacred Places

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

In recent years church buildings have become, for the most part, indistinguishable from everyday industrial/commercial structures. They have adopted a utilitarian look to them at least from the outward appearance and in many cases within as well. In past years and for generations Christian sacred places of meeting were characterized by structures of great dignity and grandeur that stood in stark contrast to the everyday shops and corner stores.

They rivaled the most impressive architectural designs of many great cities and nearly all displayed in bold relief one of the most universally sacred symbols to every Christian regardless of denomination or sect, of nation or language, the Cross of Christ.

Even in the most humble settings, the small village church edifice was a sacred holy space that invited reverence and respect. It was honored and cared for. Kept in pristine condition always ready as if waiting with earnest expectation for the return of the Lord. The great Cathedrals of Europe and America and indeed throughout the world were designed on the pattern of a cross with a long nave and two smaller spaces called transepts to the left and right of the nave near the front of the church each facing toward the nave.

At the head of the church to the east stood the great high altar, the choir and places from which the minister would speak to the people. High above the altar there would be a great window often of stained glass depicting an image of Jesus triumphant and coming with His angels again to the earth in power and great glory from the East. This great window was so positioned in order to keep the congregants attention focused on the Lord Jesus Christ with an earnest expectation of His coming again at any moment.

Those of us who worship in such places regularly are fortunate indeed. This by no means is intended to diminish the sincerity or acceptability before God of worship that happens with the utmost sincerity and holiness in the industrial commercial like space. Any place can become a tabernacle for the presence of God.

Now the scriptures tell us that our bodies are the temple, the tabernacle, the sacred holy space where God’s Spirit has come to dwell in hearts of mankind.

Consider as you meditate todays’ Scriptures, ways you utilize your tabernacle, that is to say, your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19

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