Our Bodies as Temples of the Holy Spirit and the Question of Fitness and Nutrition

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  1. To answer some of these questions it seems to me that we should ask ourselves, Would we rather be among a group of Christians who live to keep themselves fit and eat properly, or would we rather be among a group of Christians who’s focus is primarily doing justice and judgment, delivering the spoiled out of the hands of oppression without doing violence, wrong, shedding innocent blood, and serving the fatherless and the stranger the same as they would any member of the Lord’s body?

    When I look at Jer 22:4 and try to imagine the kings riding in chariots and on horses, I don’t imagine them as being obese, nor being taken over by anything they might eat, nor do I imagine them as being body builders with unusual muscular bulk.

    I imagine them as being those whom the king delighteth to honor, because through obedience to the commandment he gave them to do justice, execute judgment, and deliver, they came to know God by the manner in which God wanted them to come to know him, and the result of that, they became a people fit for his kingdom and appearing that way
    outwardly also because they came to know God and became a follower of that which is good.

    I imagine a people who sought the kingdom of heaven God’s way and found it.

    I think it’s important to put the emphasis where God puts the emphasis and keep the importance of things where God has communicated it.

    See Jer 22:5. Let’s ask ourselves, How often in scripture do we see God swear by himself?

  2. The fact of the matter is that this physical body will perish. Dr. Brown talks about how his father watched a gospel program where the preacher’s text was 1 Timothy 4:8 which states, “for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” The preacher got the priority right, godliness comes first. Romans 14:17 states, “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

    If this is all there was to the subject the we would have no further need for discussion. The Bible also talks about moderation in food and wine. There really is a tendency to elevate what we eat and exercise because there is clear benefit. Without the order we can substitute food for godliness. I have seen numerous churches have potluck Sunday meals full of garbage. Health is such a huge issue in our lives it is easy to let it overshadow what should have first priority. It is difficult to cover all the things which could be said in a single email. But now to climb on my soapbox – the quality of our food has declined because of cost cutting. With the high sugar content, trans-fats, and chemicals, I think we do have a real problem with quality food. Taking care of our body is imporant, but it is not an eternal task as our serving God is in this and the life to come.

  3. 1 Timothy 4:8
    …”for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” ESV

    Obviously, when taking care of ourselves becomes a priority, we our out of line with God’s will and purpose, but we must take care of our earthly bodies nonetheless.

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”

    Paul says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore we have to remember what the temple of God represents and how it is to be taken care of. In the “Old” Testament God clearly commands the caring of the temple, because that is where He dwelt. Now our bodies are the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, why give it any less importance?

    We should be good stewards of what God has given us, and our bodies were given to us in order fulfill God’s purpose.I would rather be taken by the Lord when it’s “my time”, rather the die due to an illness caused by poor eating habits and lack of exercise.

    God Bless
    Raul

  4. I heard a caller on a talk show, a few days ago, basically say, “Americans are not Islamaphobic, moderate Muslims are…they are scared to death of fundamental Muslims actually doing what the Koran says, not to the infidels, but to themselves since they are looked upon as compromisers …they are afraid to speak against fundamental Muslims…they have good reason to be Islamaphobic.”

    Shalom

  5. Can you recommend how to get started to lose the weight. I am 71 weight 250 height 5 10 1/2.
    I know my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. I believe but I internally no action.

    Can you suggest a book to help me get control of the desire to eat.

    Thanks

    John Marguglio

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