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Triune Beings

The Temple as a model of the tripartite nature of man
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Bob Hart

on 30 September 2012

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Paul says:
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
-- 1 Corinthians 3:16 After the fall of man and prior to the construction of the Tabernacle, God had no presence in His creation. The knowledge of Him came to various people in dreams and visions and was passed from father to son by word of mouth. In the Tabernacle, the first point of interface was established between God's finite creation and His own infinite realm. There was now a place to which God's people could come to meet with Him. Triune Beings What does the Bible reveal about "what" we are? Paul said to the early Church: Jesus said to his disciples: Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
-- 1 Corinthians 3:16 If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
-- John 14:16-17 But, what does Jesus mean?
How can God dwell with you and be "IN" you? So, you are the TEMPLE of God. What does the Bible tell us about the TEMPLE? Solomon's Temple Solomon's Temple was the first Temple of the Israelites, designed by King David according to God's instruction, and built by his son, Solomon, around 960 BCE. The Holy of Holies is where the 'Ark of the Covenant' was stored. It contained the stone tablets on which God wrote the ten commandments. Design of the Temple The Temple design was the same basic pattern that God gave to Moses when He instructed him to build the Tabernacle, following the Hebrew exodus from Egypt. It consisted of an outer structure enclosing an inner sanctum called the Holy Place. The innermost chamber of the Temple was called the Holy of Holies that was partitioned off within the Holy Place by a curtain. The pattern of the Temple is the blueprint for our own design. We are triune beings consisting of:
an outer structure - body
an inner sanctum - mind
an innermost chamber - spirit Triune Beings The innermost chamber - the spirit The innermost chamber of the Temple contained the stone tablets upon which God wrote the ten commandments. These were the fundamental governing principles that would set His people apart from the other Old Testament nations, and bring them abundant life under His care. Because we exist in a separated condition from God, the innermost chamber of our being (our spirit) does not hold God's principles, but rather, the precepts that have unconsciously evolved within us from birth. These are the hidden principles, etched in stone as it were, that motivate our thinking and behaviour and determine what we will seek out as profit in this life. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
-- Genesis 1:26,27 Understanding the Trinity Knowing that we are tripartite beings (body, mind, spirit), and that we were made in the likeness of God, provides us with the necessary information to unlock the mystery behind the Christian doctrine of theTrinity. Knowing that we are tripartite beings (body, mind, spirit), and that we were made in the likeness of God, provides us with the necessary information to unlock the mystery behind the Christian doctrine of theTrinity. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
-- Genesis 1:26,27 God - the Father The Parable of the Sower In this parable, Jesus alludes to the innermost chamber of our being as the "good ground". To reach this "good ground", his words have to:
be heard (body)
be understood (mind)
produce fruit (evidence of changed spirit) Our spiritual nature has no material substance and is only known to exist by the influence it exerts on our thinking and behaviour. This is no different to, say, the phenomenon known as 'gravity'. Gravity has no material substance because it is not composed of matter. Instead, it is a governing principle that influences the 'behaviour' of matter. Click the link on the illustration to read the text In the parable of the sower, the evidence that Jesus' words have made it to the 'good ground' of our being (spirit), is the change to the governing principles stored there, that give rise to a different kind of fruit (thinking and behaviour).
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