Cleansing the Temple: Matthew 21:12-14; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“12) And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13) And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.” 14) And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.” Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭12‬-‭14‬ ‭
“19) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20) For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬-‭20‬
The story of Jesus cleansing the temple has a direct parallel to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer. Paul called the body of the believer “the temple of the Holy Spirit.”
At the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. He immediately starts a work of sanctifying and cleansing. (See Titus 3:4-7) Over time He does a thorough job of cleansing away sin.
I encourage you to cooperate with this process. It is normal and natural for every born-again Christian. After Jesus cleaned the temple, He began healing people in the temple. He turned it back into a house of prayer.
Confessing and removing sin is part of a healing process. (See James 5:13-18) I dare say God wants to do this in your life. It fits the analogy of Matthew 21:12-14. Do not resist the cleansing and healing work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global