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Two weeks ago, my son went camping. Apart from a close encounter with a rather rabid looking raccoon, everything went smoothly. However, it rained. The tent was soaked. We bundled it into a black garbage bag and brought it home. Then we laid it out in the basement to dry.

Today is a beautiful day so now that the tent is dry it's the perfect opportunity to pack it away.

The Israelites were a nomadic people. During the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they lived in tents. And during the forty years in the wilderness, they lived in tents. In the wilderness, one tent was very important. It wasn't a tent any human lived in. It was the place where God dwelt. It was called the Tabernacle.

The Tabernacle was a special tent. It symbolized the very presence of God. It was holy. There were rituals and regulations about approaching the tent. The Tabernacle foreshadowed the temple in Jerusalem, which became the symbol of God's presence and where sacrifices for sin were offered so people could approach God.

In the New Testament, Jesus is the fulfillment of all that the temple means. He is the very presence of God among us and his sacrifice on the cross was the final sacrifice for sin. The temple sacrifices are no longer needed.

Now, with the coming of Jesus and, at Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit, all those who know Jesus are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God takes up residence in us. We become his examples of holiness and grace and love in the world today.

Listen to these words from 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

When we packed my son’s wet tent into the black garbage bag, brought it home to dry, and today packed it away, we did so because if the tent remained wet, it would soon start to smell, become mouldy, and even rot. To dry it was important.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to holy living because God dwells within us. How we speak, think, and act are to display God's holiness. God does not want us to become mouldy or spiritually rotten. So, we pray, read scripture, enjoy fellowship, worship together, serve, give, and witness. These are how we remain healthy before God and how God by his Holy Spirit can shine through us so the world can receive Jesus.

We ensured my son's tent was dry so that it could be used again. Let us pursue holiness so day-by-day we can be used for God’s glory. As Paul says in this passage, “…you were bought with a price [that's the precious blood of Jesus]. Therefore, glorify God in your body.”

視頻大意翻譯 (video Chinese translation):







哥林多前書 6:19-20說:




我們確保兒子的帳篷乾燥,以便可再次使用。讓我們追求聖潔,這樣我們每一天都可以為神的榮耀而被使用。正如保羅在這段經文中所說的:“你們是重價買來的 [就是耶穌寶血的代價]。所以,要在你們的身子上榮耀神。”



Grace and peace

Pastor Callum