“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelation 3:12)
Many special promises are in this scripture, but notice they are only reserved to “him that overcometh.” To receive these promises, one must overcome all the religious confusion and temptations of: false doctrines, false churches, and false preachers and false worshipers. Jesus promises that he will make this special over-comer “a pillar in the temple of my God.” The New Testament temple of God is clearly described in the scriptures.
First, the temple of God is not a physical building made by men:
- “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24)
- “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?” (Acts 7:48-50)
People who are saved are the temple where God dwells and is worshiped:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
In addition, collectively the true people of God are also the temple when they are in unity worshiping God:
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:18-22)
Plainly, Christ does not want his temple mixed with the spiritually unfaithful churches (false “Jezabel” brides of Christ spoken of back in Thyatira church – see the Thyatira Category covering Revelation 2:18-29). Consider the following scriptures:
First from first Corinthians, chapter 6 and versus 15 through 20 we read:
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 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 ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
And then from second Corinthians, the sixth chapter and versus 14 through 18 we read:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
Finally, from Revelation the eighteenth chapter and versus 2 through 5 we read:
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
Which temple are you a part of, or who is worshiped in your temple, within your heart? If you are holy and faithful to the Lord, then we know what temple you are of. Today many are so called “upstanding Christians” in some church, and yet they have nothing more than a pagan temple filled with pagan idols of lust and evil purposes in their heart. But Jesus will only dwell within the holy and true temple. And only those who have been saved and have kept themselves holy and true will Jesus take to be with him in heaven.
So the question needs to be asked again: Are you part of the temple of God?