The Bible says, “Know you not that you are the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in you?” Apostle Paul stresses this point three times in his two letters to the Corinthian believers particularly in 1Cor. 3:16-17, 1Cor. 6:19 and 2Cor. 6:16-18.
In the ancient world, the entire city of Corinth had the reputation of having a loose and permissive culture. There was even a temple in Corinth that honored the goddess Venus that employed 1,000 prostitutes. In fact, there was a Greek verb “to Corinthianize” which meant to live shamelessly and immorally.
Concisely, Paul taught the Corinthian believers that they were the temple of God and that they should keep themselves pure from whatever influence that defiles God’s temple- their bodies. The same message goes to all of us. In a commentary by Matthew Henry regarding this subject, he says,
“The temple was devoted and consecrated to God, and set apart from every common to a holy use, to the immediate service of God. So all Christians are separated from common uses, and set apart for God and his service. If we are the temples of God, we must do nothing that shall alienate ourselves from him, or corrupt and pollute ourselves, and thereby unfit ourselves for his use; and we must hearken to no doctrine that would seduce us to any such practices. Note, Christians are holy by profession, and should be pure and clean both in heart and conversation. We should heartily abhor, and carefully avoid, what will defile God’s temple.”