“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” I Corinthians 3:16-17
This passage of scripture is not to be confused with I Cor. 6:19 where Paul writes about a person’s individual body in reference to avoiding sexual sins. In I Cor. 3 the pronouns are plural. This means he is talking about the church itself. The body of Christ. More significantly the “Bride of Christ.”
Basically, Jesus says, “Don’t hurt my bride. I take that very personally.” We need to treat the church with care and with love and compassion.
I am amazed at how many people in churches act like the church is a building and a tradition or heritage that belongs to them personally.
Jesus said, “I will build MY church.” Folks, it is His church. His command is that we do not do anything to damage His church, and the warning carries the promise of discipline if we disobey.
Be careful to respect the bride of Christ.