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The Church, God’s Inner Sanctuary

16 Don’t you realize that together you have become God’s inner sanctuary[a] and that the Spirit of God makes his permanent home in you?[b]

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  1. 1 Corinthians 3:16 Or “temple.” The plural you (you all) shows that Paul is referring to the church, the body of believers, the holy dwelling place of God on earth. Later, in 1 Cor. 6:19, he refers to individual believers (our human bodies) as the dwelling place of God. Ten times in 1 Corinthians Paul uses the phrase “Don’t you know” (or realize)?
  2. 1 Corinthians 3:16 God revealed his presence in the Old Testament temple by filling it with a cloud of glory. The New Testament inner sanctuary is now the church, where God dwells among us by his Spirit.