by Thomas Adams
What agreement has the Temple of God with Idols? - 2 Corinthians 6:16
"The Temple" by Thomas Adams is a profound and enlightening work that explores the concept of the spiritual temple within every Christian. Originally preached as a sermon at St. Paul's Cathedral in 1624, Adams explores the intricate symbolism of the temple, drawing parallels between the physical structure of the temple and the inner sanctuary of the believer's heart.
The book takes readers on a thought-provoking journey through the various chambers of the temple, each representing different aspects of the Christian faith and life. From the Porch, symbolizing the importance of controlling one's speech, to the Holy Place, where divine graces and virtues reside, and finally to the Holy of holies, the purified conscience and intimate dwelling place of God, Adams elucidates the significance of each component in relation to one's spiritual journey.
Adams warns against the presence of idols that can defile the temple, be it lust, inordinate affections, or self-worship. He emphasizes that the temple of God cannot coexist with such uncleanliness and urges readers to cleanse their hearts of these idols.
In addition, the book reflects on the need for gratitude and thankfulness for God's deliverance and encourages readers to rejoice in their own spiritual and temporal blessings. He reminds us that a true temple of God must exhibit holiness, prayerfulness, and a commitment to serving others.
"The Temple" is a timeless work that challenges and inspires readers to examine their own spiritual lives, to purge their hearts of idols, and to cultivate a deeper connection with God. Thomas Adams' words continue to resonate today, offering wisdom, guidance, and an invitation to dwell in the presence of the divine.
Table of Contents
To The Right Honourable, Sir Henry Carey
What Agreement hath the Temple of God with Idols?
The Temple of God
The House of God