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In many world religions, a temple is the deity's dwelling, the god's house, and an image or idol was placed there. In Israel's temple such images were forbidden by the Second Commandment. ) Jesus Christ is the localized manifestation of God: “The Word became flesh and took up residence [literally tabernacled] among us” (Jn 1:14). One of His names is Immanuel, God With Us. In the Epistles, both the physical body of the individual believer and the body of Christ (the church) are temples for God's very presence (1 Co 3:16; 6:19; 2 Co 6:16; Eph 2:21).
PRAYER: God of the prophets, thank You for Your word that came through such inspired men as Isaiah and Jeremiah. Help me to hear through them any “thus saith the Lord” to which I need to respond. Help me live this day in honor of the Messiah the prophets proclaimed. Amen. 12. Interpretation Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. Luke 24:45 DEFINITION: To interpret a passage of Scripture is to explain its message: first as it was meant to be understood in its original setting; and second as it has significance in a contemporary setting.
Enlightenment thinkers of the eighteenth century argued that everything could be understood by human reason and that the entire universe must be explained scientifically through the laws of cause and effect. There was no place in this system for miracles, which imply that something beyond natural law can be at work. Christian thinkers responded with a variety of defenses for miracles as truly God-caused events. C. S. Lewis's book Miracles was the most popular twentieth-century work defending both the idea and the actual occurrence of miracles.