“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?”
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
When one (who is a follower of Jesus) decides to keep his body physically fit, it seems that he has a choice between 1CORINTHIANS 6:19 (one’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit) and 1TIMOTHY 4:8 (bodily exercise profiteth little).
But does he?
Like ALL in God’s Word that APPEARS to contradict, one must RECONCILE the two APPARENTLY differing points of view.
And so it is between what 1CORINTHIANS 6:19 and 1TIMOTHY 4:8 are advising.
The two verses contradict ONLY IF one is looking for contradictions.
On the one hand, a believer is to maintain his body as a fit and proper temple for God’s Holy Spirit–which is now dwelling within the believer.
On the other hand, a believer cannot lose sight of the fact that he is to MAINTAIN his body as a temple–NOT build a grandiose new one.
In other words, one should keep his body in a fit condition. BUT, one should not make the dedication of his physical improvement of his body a goal above all else.
This body is made from the dust of the ground. It will return to dust once the believer moves on to the next life.
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
Do not make this body of dust the focus of one’s most cherished goal–to the exclusion of more important things–in this life, and especially, in the life to come.
DOES the reader believe he must make a choice between maintaining his body as a temple of the Holy Spirit and NOT maintaining it?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 25, 2022.]
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