In Genesis 1:27 God made man in His own image and in Revelation 21:22 in the new Jerusalem God is the temple and in 1 Corinthians 3:16, we are the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in us, It was God’s plan all along to have a living temple. As the temple of God we are carriers of His presence and everywhere we go we take God’s presence with us, be it to the workplace, schools, council meetings, the gym and everywhere. When we know that we take the presence and spirit of God with us and we are sensitive to His voice, He can move through us to accomplish His will. The presence of the Spirit of God in a place can change the atmosphere even if we do not speak a word because where light is darkness has to flee.
To understand the new temple of God we need to look at the original temple.
The first dwelling of God in a building was the Tabernacle in Exodus 26, it consisted of 3 main parts the court where the sacrifices were offered the people were allowed in this area, the Holy place where the priests ministered daily to God and then the Most Holy Place where the Ark of the covenant was kept (with the tablets of the law inside) and where God’s physical presence was manifest amongst His people, here only the high priest could enter once a year to make atonement for the people. The Tabernacle was a tent structure and moved with the people when they moved.
Solomon then got to build the Temple of God, a building lined with gold and the finest craftsmanship every detail made with purpose and precision. The sanctuary was the main meeting place and the inner sanctuary housed the Ark of the Covenant separated by a heavy curtain, once again only the high priest could enter once a year. When the building was opened the priests sanctified themselves and multiple sacrifices was made.