RR-March 31, 2016 Print This Post
Taken from: Ears from Harvested Sheaves, by J. C. Philpot
We read in Ephesians 2:22, “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
These words apply both to the whole body of Christ viewed collectively, and to each separate member of that body viewed individually; and what the [eternal] church of God is in its completeness in Christ, as it will be in heaven above. [Christianity] is a personal matter, how careful should it make each individual believer so to walk before God and man that he may have both by inward and outward evidence [knowing] that his body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (I Corinthians 6:19), and that he is a habitation of God by the Spirit. If he realizes this, and lives under its solemn weight and influence, how careful he will be not to defile that body which is the temple of the Holy Ghost; how desirous and anxious not to defile his eyes by wandering lusts, nor his ears by listening to worldly and carnal conversation, nor his lips by speaking guile, or indulging in light and ungodly talk, nor his hands by putting them to anything that is evil, nor his feet by running on errands of vanity and folly; but to view his body as a member of Christ (I Corinthians 6:15), and therefore sanctified to his service and to his glory.