We are the temple of God

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Sep 18 2019 8:28 AM

Can anyone suggest some books that talk about us, both singular and plural as the temple of God?

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 18 2019 9:02 AM

"The Temple and the Church's Mission: A biblical theology of the dwelling place of God" by G.K. Beale

https://www.logos.com/product/80707/the-temple-and-the-churchs-mission-a-biblical-theology-of-the-dwelling-place-of-god 

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 18 2019 9:39 AM

Lonnie Spencer:

"The Temple and the Church's Mission: A biblical theology of the dwelling place of God" by G.K. Beale

https://www.logos.com/product/80707/the-temple-and-the-churchs-mission-a-biblical-theology-of-the-dwelling-place-of-god 

This is one of the best books I have ever read, and will certainly provide a great a starting place for your study.

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Jarred Edgecombe | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 18 2019 9:46 AM

Justin Gatlin:

Lonnie Spencer:

"The Temple and the Church's Mission: A biblical theology of the dwelling place of God" by G.K. Beale

https://www.logos.com/product/80707/the-temple-and-the-churchs-mission-a-biblical-theology-of-the-dwelling-place-of-god 

This is one of the best books I have ever read, and will certainly provide a great a starting place for your study.

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 18 2019 5:22 PM

Great suggestion. So let's say I was looking for resources that shows the mystical side of being indwelt by God. I enjoyed Beale' book, but now I'm looking for something that is more on the side of ancient spirituality. Do the Fathers (mothers) talk protractedly about this lifestyle? What about the Monastics and the early Greek (Christian) writers? Read John of the Cross in Seminary and found myself on the floor in our tiny seminary housing worshipping a God I still don't know.

I suppose for many evangelicals and maybe more so for the reformed ones this quest may be bouncing close to the lines of being out of bounds, but even during the 16th C and 17th C there were more than a few reformers and puritans who went deeper and closer to the flame than some know or have read.

So for now I'm dropping my denominational shield hoping that in this quest a more nuanced view of who we are as beings indwelt by God will give way to a more deeper love, and closeness to Him who indwells his ppl.

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Roy | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 18 2019 6:13 PM

My 1st suggestion would be to run a passage guide on 1 Corinthians 6:19.

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 18 2019 6:43 PM

so I guess at what point does someone draw the line between the mystical experience with God and the aberrant experience with ??. In answering that question in a preliminary stance, I would say the biblical text is the boundary line.

But then again what about my eastern orthodox friends? A conundrum. 

Can the modern day mystic guides such as McGinn and other help? Just asking.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 19 2019 5:45 AM

I think you need to make a modern Christianity brain-shift. We live on 'the Trinity', an attempt to reconcile late-OT theology.  Late-2nd Temple, and well into the 2nd century CE, was 'spirits' that dwelled in people (ergo Jesus' success in healing ... serious anti-spirit power). Spirit of Truth. Spirit of Darkness. Barnabas and Hermas were major players.

Ergo, for your shift to EARLY mystic in-dwell (a largely monastic and middle-ages theology, replacing literal spirits), you need to look for spirit of God, righteousness of God, etc.


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