1 Corinthians 3:16, 17

Grammar matters.  I know that many of us don’t like to hear that.  We want to read the Bible and have it tell us what we think it says rather than what it really says.  The two verses that we are looking at today ar talking about the Corinthian church (you-plural) being a temple of the Holy Spirit.  If we are looking for a singular use of you it is in chapter 6 verse 19.  Here Paul is reminding the whole church that they are a united body indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  That serves the overarching theme of unity.  The punishment for breaking apart a church is very serious. I knew a family growing up that was very destructive to those in the church but they could never see their self-righteousness.  They both died remarkably early. I wish that kind of fate on no-one.  But God may have had to take them home early to preserve the temple of his Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

16Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.


  1. What is the pronoun in the first question?
  2. Is that pronoun singular or plural?
  3. What will happen to the individual who promotes disunity in the church?
  4. Who complains and forms divisions among Christians?
  5. How can you think of God’s temple and support its unity?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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