“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16)
So what does it mean to be a temple of the Holy Spirit? In the physical temple, there were three main areas. The inner court contained the Altar of Sacrifice and the copper Laver. In the Holy Place, there’s the Shewbread, the seven branch candlestick and the incense. From there the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies—the very presence of God.
The soul of a person is the very nature and personality, the heart or mind is the seat of our will, intellect, and emotions. Our spirit is the life that God breathed into us.
Our soul then is the place where we need to daily sacrifice our natural desires (Rom 12:1) and to take a reflection of who we are and allow the sanctifying work of the Spirit to cleanse us. The mind then needs to be feed on the Word (His Presence), allow the Holy Spirit to guide us leading us to prayer. Prayer and the Word are not acts or things we do; they are lifestyles. The spirit then desires to enter into His presence and worship, and we can do this because His blood gives us access.
The temple of the Holy Spirit, your body, is not vacant or empty, it’s a process of daily starting with Praise and Thanksgiving, and you seek to achieve the goal of entering into His presence.