The days when we are allowed to come before God with corruptible things are over. Gold, silver, pots and pans, animal blood, food and drink belong to yesterday.
The human body is one of those corruptible things. It is a living sacrifice for witness and service. Christ’s body, in contrast, was a priceless and spotless sacrifice.
Jews can say with certainty that they’re first. Muslims cannot. They can only claim to be the revision of ancient revelation, often taken from cunningly devised myths and traditions, and taken to abominable and terrifying levels. Christ was first to preach the gospel.
Hebrews 2:3 says so.
how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,
The gospel cannot change.
Our works, no matter how noble, do not erase our debt of gratitude for the grace that rescued us and keeps us anchored in God.
How did we become a temple for the Holy Spirit in the first place? Did Paul, who introduced the body as temple, not know that the exercise and diet were gospel? Were they really or is the health and diet movement a 19th century invention?
Can the following (Exodus 15:26) be a global recipe for a healthy population?
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
The Sinai covenant produced neither physical fitness nor spiritual rightness. There is much to be said for the discipline of prohibited tasting and touching and there certain justice for crossing the material lines of food, drink, personal interaction, ritual processes, priestly ministry.
All is vanity but some things are deliberately futile. Vanity – emptiness – is not an indication of active sin.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Romans 8:19-20
Empty spots in life are the bedrock of hope. Zigging and zagging are natural to all creatures. Since none our ancestors, physical or spiritual, have fully complied with rudiments of the world let’s be content to zig and zag our way with patience, full of hope.