What is a Church and What is a Temple

what is a church and what is a temple
what is a church and what is a temple

What is a church? What is a temple? Is there a difference between a church and a temple? Yes! A church is not a temple.

What is a Temple

A temple is a building, place for worship or a dwelling place of God or gods.

It is the place where God dwells in; the house of God.

2 Sam 7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me a house for me to dwell in?

A temple is important because it is a dwelling place for God. 

With the Children of Israel, we see God always moving with them in a tent. Yes! He used to dwell in a tent.

2 Sam 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

The tent which was the house of God was sacred.

Since God needs a temple to dwell in and be with man, we see King David taking the step to build God a temple which was accomplished by his son, Solomon.

In the Old Testament, God dwelt in a place, building, tent, etc but in the New Testament, especially in the dispensation of Grace, God does not dwell in a building, place, tent, etc. See the 8 dispensations.


Before the dispensation of Grace, the Holy Spirit was not dwelling in man because the promise, Jesus, had not yet came to the world.

So, where does God dwell in this dispensation of Grace?

The Temple in dispensation of grace

In ushering in the dispensation of grace, Jesus destroyed the old temple, the old dwelling place of God, and built a new temple.

This is as prophesied to King David by God.

2 Sam 7:12 – 14: And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son.

The seed of David promised and prophesied by God to build Him a house (temple) is Jesus as you see in the last line. I will be his father, and he shall be my son.

Yes! Jesus destroyed the old dwelling place of God (temple) and built a new house of God.

We see Jesus promising to destroy the old temple and build a new one in three days.

John 2:18-21 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, what sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three day. But he spoke of the temple of his body.

Yes! The temple was His body.

In the dispensation of grace, the temple, the house of God, is our body, my body.

We see Jesus building the new temple on the cross when He was pierced producing blood and water. John 19:34: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

God does not dwell in a place, building, tent etc anymore but He dwells in a temple build with blood and water. He does not dwell in a house build with bricks and cement.

A true temple does not need bricks, cement or place to build but water and blood.

The temple is not the church. There is a big difference between the temple and the church. So, what is a church?

What is a Church

Because the temple is the body, my body, and God is a spirit, the human body which the spirit of God dwells in is the church.

The spirit of God is the Holy Spirit and the spirit dwells in the body when we accept Jesus Christ. This is the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

The place or building referred to as the church is not the church or God’s dwelling place.  It is there for a purpose but God does not dwell there.

God is a living God, who does not dwell in non-living things which have no destiny but He uses then for a purpose. God only dwells in humans who have destiny.

Worshiping a building or place in name of a church

The big mistake people make and are making is worshiping non-living things which God used or uses for purpose.

Moses was told by God, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he look upon it, shall live’ (Num 21:8).

Its God who said the bronze serpent to be made but the children of Israel started worshiping it.

Hoshea’s, son of Elah, had to break and burn the bronze serpent because that was what was right in the eyes of God. (2 Kings 18:4)…and brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it.

We also see  the children of Israel worshiping the places which Jacob worshiped and these places had to be destroyed.

There are many examples in the bible where God used a non-living thing for a purpose but the children of Israel turn it to god and we see Him send a person to destroy it.

Worshiping a place, a building, image or anything else apart from God is idolatry.

We see many people today worshiping place, building, mountains, objects etc in the name of ‘God dwells there’. This is idolatry.

Even though God used or uses a non-living things for a purpose, He does not dwell in them.

That does not mean since God does not dwell in them we should destroy or not care about them. We should take care of all non-living things because they are God’s creation but we should not worship them.


  1. A temple is a building, place for worship or a dwelling place of God or gods. It is the place where God dwells in; the house of God.
  2. A church is the human body which the spirit of God dwells in
  3. A true temple does not need bricks, cement or place to build but water and blood.
  4. God dwells in humans with destiny not non-living things with no destiny
  5. The building, place, tent etc which we call the church is not the church

Every living human being is a temple, a dwelling place, of God since s/he has a body but not every person is a church, the Bride of Christ. A body becomes a church when the Holy Spirit dwells in the body.

Since God is spirit and Jesus is God, and God is a trinity, the human body in which the Holy Spirit dwells becomes the Body of Christ.

See, how to know that you are baptized with the Holy Spirit and ‘The body is the true temple of God.

God bless


  1. If we declare Jesus as our Lord and personal saviour, then he will dwell in us. He will live in us and we call our body a temple- his temple, the temple of the holy spirit. We must feed our body with the holy bread which is the word of God.

  2. Hi dear friend. I do like your explanation on this subject but now you got me confused on the issue of the church. You say “there is a big difference between the temple and the church.” And you go on to say that the temple is the body, and the human body in which the Spirit of God dwells is a church.

    1Cor 3:16 says that you are GOD’s temple inwhich He dwells.

    And 1Cor 6:19 says our bodies are temple of the Holy Spirit. So please. Explain further the difference with scripture reference especially on the issue of the church .

    • Praise Jesus Christ

      It is as simple as this;
      The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. if the Holy Spirit is not dwelling in the body it is not a church but if the Holy Spirit is dwelling in the Body the body becomes a church, so you become a church, a bride of Jesus Christ.

      Church is not a building or a place but the body the holy Spirit is dwelling in

      • My understanding: One person will not constitute a church. A church is the body of Christ and the body of Christ has different members. Hence Church is plural and temple is singular.
        Mass of people (saints/believers) is a church (body of Christ)
        One person (saint/believer) is a temple of God.

  3. Good evening dear friend. I read your testimony and I was so blessed and glad that GOD Always wants to reveal Himself to us as to prepare us for rapture. May He continue to use Sir in JESUS CHRIST’s Name.

    Thank You Sir for your reply on my question. Glory and Honour to our GOD. Amen.

  4. In John 2:18-21—Jesus said that”he would destroy the temple in Jerusalem in a day and rebuild in three days.We clearly understand that he was referring to himself that is his body to be precise so the church is person with spirit,soul and body but not just a body.conclusively,the meaning of a church therefore,is Jesus Christ.May God bless you.Thank you.

  5. Good morning my brother,
    I will start by pointing out that satan’s most powerful tool is “Confusion.” First I must ignore Webster’s definition of what a church is. And question why our fellow brothers call their place of congregation The Baptist Church, Methodist church, Lutheran church, which is the initial church of Martin Luther, who is the founder of Protetism and said “…Since the 1980s, some Lutheran church bodies have formally denounced and dissociated themselves from Luther’s writings on the Jews.” There it’s mentioned as a church , so I’m confused. What even makes it worse is when in the scriptures in Mathew 16:18 Jesus said that he will edify his church. Therefore, all this confusion a question was brought up to me, “who do we follow? Man or Jesus?”
    I would like to follow Jesus only. But then I ask myself if I ‘m going to follow Jesus it is only obvious that Jesus did not come here to preach, Die and rise without leaving a tangible society that will continue His bloodline of God’s word. Because if there wasn’t such a bloodline, then you and I will not be disscising about this matter.
    Imagine if I would have been left with the responsibility of keeping his Temple or Church
    with me at the time of Jesus was around, me who probably didn’t know how read nor write, suffering from slavery and just worry about my next meal. I would have done a pretty bad job on it, as many have done.

    • One question I ask people, ‘did Jesus die on the cross for a building?’ No! He was crucified for humanity not for houses.

      Who is the keeper of the church? The Holy Spirit. It is Him who keeps a church – a person

  6. Good morning my brother,done but not well done,I stand to be corrected.revisit the book of John:2:19;22 The Temple is the body made of flesh and blood in the present that’s what Christ Jesus said and Holly spirit and Church are one that’s Christ Jesus Himself.is that not so?Blessed be his Holly name.

  7. Will God have mercy on the man used as antichrist?

    Assuming that the Antichrist is still God’s creation (by-proxy), then does this entity have any free will to choose it’s own destiny? I mean that’s a pretty bad deck of life to be delta with to be created for the sole purpose of eventually being tormented in Hell for eternity.

    Plus, if the Antichrist’s sole purpose is to provide a catalyst for the end-times, and eventual golden age of Christianity, does that not mean that in it’s ‘evilness’ it would be just as holy as Christ? Is this man antichrist beyond saving he is a victim of being born.

    Here’s some more questions…

    1# Is the Antichrist a human with a sole to be saved?

    2# Is there anyway that God has a plan to save him?

    3# Is the antichrist a fallen angel?

    I will look for your reply. Thank You .. john.

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