"Today, the temple is not a building, but the church, the born again believers who are the temple of God. Each member of the body of Christ is the temple..."
"And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple..." - Matthew 21:12-14
The temple had become polluted with worldliness, and when Jesus entered in He was moved with indignation. The temple was to be a holy place of prayer. It was the place God had ordained for His people to come close to His presence. It was His house where His people could come to worship Him. So when Jesus entered, He entered to cleanse it. He cast out that the worldliness, greed, and the animals that profaned the Fathers house.
This should be a lesson for the church today, God will not have a profane and carnal temple. Today, the temple is not a building, but the church, the born again believers who are the temple of God. Each member of the body of Christ is the temple, as it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:16. The church, corporately and individually, needs to rid itself of all that is worldly and carnal. It must put off the old man, and put on the new man. It needs to be restored as a place of prayer, which means each individual is given to prayer. It must once again draw near to God.
Praise the Lord! This is not done in human strength or wisdom, but through the blood of Jesus Christ, the living word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit. But Christians do have part. The word says, you put off the old man, and put on the new (Ephesians 4:22-24). What is the Christians part, to respond to God's call in faith, to believe Him, and to trust Him enough to step out in obedience. As the church steps out in faith to draw near to God, it find God drawing near to it.
God will have a pure, undefiled temple that is given to prayer. May each one be found among it.