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The Temple of God

In the ancient world, cities were dependent on great walls for protection.

The famous city of Sparta, however, had no walls.

Plutarch wrote that the ancient king of Sparta, Agesilaus, was once asked why Sparta had no walls. He pointed to the citizens in full armor and said, “These are the Spartans’ walls.”

Sparta had walls to protect its city from enemies, but they were walls not made with hands. A patriotic people, always prepared for self-defense, had no need of walls of stone. In fact, another Spartan king, visiting Corinth and seeing its great walls, mocked the city and said, “What women live here.”

In Ephesians, St. Paul writes, “In [Christ] you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.”

Consequently, if one was to ask St. Paul, “Where is the Christian temple?”, he would have pointed to the people and said, “We are the Christian temple.”


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