I thought that is what you were referring to. A commonly taught theory, but because it is what is usually taught it doesn't mean it is correct. The great thing about the KJV is that it has singular and plural pronouns, Take notice if them.
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1 Cor 6:18, What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
There is one body and one temple, Not for your theory to be correct it would have to say something like "Know ye not that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
Matt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
It is not a theory, it is Bible. Pulling one verse out of many that help explain what that one verse is teaching does not a doctrine make. Context is vital for true understanding. As does dovetailing with other verses.
1 Cor 3 clearly teaches the same principle - Speaking about "any man", etc - "Know ye not [note that the same "ye" is used...plural, yes, but speaking to individuals, not just a church body] that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, whose temple ye are."
2 Cor. 6:16 "...WE are the temple of the living God..." Paul wasn't part of the Corinthian church...the "we" there was inclusive of him and any other believer...
1 Tim 1:13, 14 "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me...that good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us."
Rom. 8:9-11 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."
John 14:23 "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
The Greek meaning for the word we have in Engish as temple is : "a temple, a shrine, that part of the temple where God himself resides." God dwells within His people individually.
Yes, most definitely where two or three Christians are gathered, God is there. How can He be otherwise when He indwells believers individually. Teaching that it is only the corporate body removes individual responsibility to remain right with God...
There are more, but I think these will suffice. During the OT economy, God dwelt in the temple made by hands...but now He indwells individuals as noted by these few verses.
For sure, where 2 or 3 are gathered He is there...but not in the same way that He was in the OT - by simply coming on them. But by indwelling.
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