Do you ever feel like God is not near? Do you ever doubt the presence of God in your life? It is only human nature to habitually forget something so basic and so crucial to the Christian faith as God’s presence in us. Paul answers these questions with another question, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). One of the basics of our faith is the promise that when we give our life to Christ and are baptized we receive the Holy Spirit. Peter said in a most familiar passage, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit is God’s promised presence within the human body of every follower of Jesus Christ. The gift that God gives every one of us baptized believers, when we turn from a life of living for ourselves and turn to live for Christ, is his presence. His indwelling Spirit is the presence of the living God. Our bodies become in a real way the “Temple of the Holy Spirit.”
In the Old Testament, the Temple in Jerusalem was the dwelling place of God. It was the earthy locale of Yahweh of Israel. But today, God is not confined to a human temple (not that he ever really was. Who can confine God?). His presence today is in every one of us. What does his Spirit do? For starters…He gives comfort to the hurting, He convicts the sinner, He gives wisdom to he who asks, He gives strength to the weak, and He gives hope to all of us. The Spirit is the arm of God’s activity in the world today. We can all be thankful that He is always near. God is in fact present in our very bodies. He is dwelling in us until the day that we will dwell with him forever.