This past week, I preached from Romans 8:1-12. I had a great time studying this passage, especially looking at the work of the Holy Spirit.
One of the most interesting things from my study was that in Romans 8:9-11, Paul shifts from using the 2nd person singular, “you,” to the 2nd person plural, which is perhaps better understood as “ya’ll.” What is fascinating about this is that in verses 9-11, Paul is talking about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
While it is likely that Paul is talking about the Holy Spirit dwelling in each and every one of us individually, it is also likely that this is a reference to the Holy Spirit dwelling within the congregation as a whole. After all, Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them,” in Matthew 18:20. Additionally, it is within the congregation where God’s Word is proclaimed and the sacraments are administered.
It is important for us to consider this. It speaks to the importance and the sacredness of the congregation and the proclamation of God’s Word. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 tells us, “Do you (plural) not know that you (plural) are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you (plural)? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you (plural) are that temple.”
Ya’ll are the temple of God. Holy and dedicated to Him.