“Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.”
What did Paul really mean when he wrote this to the Christians in Corinth? (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV)
A Bible controversy
In this episode, I get into some nitty-gritty grammar and a tiny little detail most Bible translations miss that completely change the meaning of this favorite verse.
It all has to do with what the words “you” and “thou” mean.
There is something much grander going on in this verse than most Christians realize. Paul wants us to see the big picture instead of just thinking of our own individual faith.
What if everyone who believes in Jesus could appreciate all other believers instead of judging and condemning them because of differences of doctrine? All too quickly we start adding doctrines and theological demands on what it means to be a Christian.
What a difference it would make if all believers would respect and value all other believers, regardless of doctrinal differences? The world would feel the difference overnight.
Are you ready for a little Bible controversy? Please listen to this episode. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Please leave a comment below.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Several Interlinear Greek New Testaments * (with original Greek and English) I find this very helpful.
Blog post: Your Physical Body is NOT the Temple of the Holy Ghost
* This is an Amazon affiliate link. I will get few pennies if you purchase through this link.
Bible references in this episode:
1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
I Corinthians 12:27 KJV
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
I Corinthians 13:12 KJV
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I John 4:1 KJV
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Corinthians 6:16 ESV
16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we (ye – KJV) are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them (dwell in them – KJV) and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Leviticus 26:11, 12 ESV
11 I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you.
12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
2 Chronicles 6:18 ESV
18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV
13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
Romans 12:5 ESV
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Ephesians 4:4 ESV
4 There is one body and one Spirit
Romans 8:11 KJV
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you [plural], he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your [plural] mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you [plural].
Romans 12:1 KJV
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.