Words from the Heart for Sunday August 1st, 2021
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)
The Temple of God
The Children of Peace was an Upper Canadian Quaker sect under the leadership of David Willson, known also as ‘Davidites’, who separated during the War of 1812 from the Yonge Street Monthly Meeting in what is now Newmarket, Ontario, and moved to the Willsons’ farm. Between 1825 and 1832, a series of buildings was constructed on the farm, the most notable of which is the Sharon Temple, an architectural symbol of their vision of a society based on the values of peace, equality and social justice.
Temples have always played a big part in world religions. Asia is filled with them – Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and a variety of others. For a time in Jewish history, God took up residence in the Jerusalem Temple. When Jesus was here in the flesh, the centre of all Jewish life was the Temple. The Gospels tell us that Jesus went there often for the various holidays. But everything changed when Jesus died. The huge curtain at the entrance to the Holiest Place was torn in two. Jesus had opened the way to God. Just a few weeks later, the Holy Spirit would be unleashed into the world on Pentecost. No longer would a man-made temple be necessary. Paul wrote this in 1 Corinthians 3:16: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” God has chosen to take up residence in each person who has been redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ. This is one of the mysteries of the Christian faith. The Creator of the universe has taken up residence in me – and in you. There is no greater privilege.
These have been words from the heart.