John 2:21

21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

Read John 2:21 Using Other Translations

But he spake of the temple of his body.
But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body.

What does John 2:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 2:21

But he spoke of the temple of his body.
] Which was the antitype of the material temple; and might well be called so, since the bodies of the saints are called temples, ( 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 3:17 ) ( 6:19 ) ( 2 Corinthians 6:16 ) ; and the human nature of Christ is called a tabernacle, ( Hebrews 8:2 ) ; and he himself, in prophecy, is said to be (vdqml) , "for a sanctuary", or temple, ( Isaiah 8:14 ) , and that because the fulness of the Godhead dwelt in him bodily, the train of the divine perfections filled the temple of his human nature, ( Colossians 2:9 ) ( Isaiah 6:1 ) . And because here, as in the temple, God grants his presence, and communes with his saints, accepts of their prayers and praises, and all their spiritual sacrifices through him; and who is the oracle, the true "Urim" and "Thummim", by whom he delivers his whole mind and will to his people.

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