God designed the Temple
The story of the virgin birth is a description of how God designed his temple, placed his temple in the middle of his chosen people, and created a way for his people to worship him in Spirit and in Truth. This worship could only begin with the coming of the Son of God.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. ” ~ John 4:23
But God dwelled and tabernacled in this body called Jesus, and He was Emmanuel: God with us. And there’s no other God besides this God. ~ William Branham, Sermon: Questions and Answers, June 28, 1959.
In the Old Testament, God gave Moses a clear design of how to build the tabernacle, which was the original version of the temple. The tabernacle was split into three parts – the court, the Holy place, and the Most Holy place: three parts, but one Temple. In the Old Testament, God would meet the high priest in the Most Holy place.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul teaches that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19). Paul also teaches that every person has a body, spirit, and soul (I Thessalonians 5:23), and that we should think of our own creation, as the offspring of God, when we think about the Godhead (Acts 17:29).
In the 3rd century A.D., Saint Irenaeus wrote about the division of man into three parts, referring to 1 Thessalonians 5:23 in saying:
“Now what was [Paul’s] object in praying that these three–that is, soul, body, and spirit– might be preserved to the coming of the Lord, unless he was aware of the future reintegration and union of the three, and that they should be heirs of one and the same salvation? For this cause also he declares that those are “the perfect” who present unto the Lord the three component parts without offence. ~ Irenaeus against Heresies, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Chapter VI, Book V
William Branham taught that your body is the court, the Holy place is your spirit, and the Most Holy place is your soul: three parts, but one temple of the Holy Spirit. These are the three component parts that both Paul and Irenaeus wrote about, and are designed by God to create a fully functioning human being.
“Now, remember, you’re in a cycle of three, but you’re one person. Like Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, cycle of three, but one Person. …And you are: body, spirit, and soul. Now, the outside body has five inlets to it, to contact your earthly home: see, taste, feel, smell, and hear. The inside, which is a spirit, it has five senses: conscience, and love, and so forth. But the inside of that, the soul, has one thing. That’s where you live.” ~ William Branham, Sermon: Works is Faith Expressed, November 26, 1965
Since man is made in the image of God, Jesus also had a body, spirit, and soul. Who else could so perfectly fulfill the scripture “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind”? (Matthew 22:37)
“Jesus is the Son of God, that is the body, and God was the Spirit that dwelt in that Tabernacle that He created for Himself, a virgin body. God… That’s the reason He said here, ‘I’ve been so long with you and you don’t know Me? He that’s seen Me hath seen the Father.’ In other words, ‘You see the Father working through Me.’ God is a Spirit.” ~ William Branham, Sermon: Show us the Father, July 22, 1962.
The next blog will take a closer look at the doctrine of the Trinity.