Ever since Christ himself, who is our Head, ascended into heaven, it behooves us, having laid aside love of earthly things, wholeheartedly to aspire heavenward. Ever since the Holy Spirit dedicated us as temples to God, we must take care that God’s glory shine through us, and must not commit anything to defile ourselves with the filthiness of sin. Ever since both our souls and bodies were destined for heavenly incorruption and an unfading crown, we ough to strive manfully to keep them pure and uncorrupted until the Day of the Lord. These, I say, are the most auspicious foundations upon which to establish one’s life. One would look in vain for the like of these among the philosophers, who, in their commendation of virtue, never rise above the natural dignity of man.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. -Colossians 3:1

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit
dwells in you? -1 Corinthians 3:16

Ordo you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. -1 Corinthians 6:19

What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we
are the temple of the living God. -2 Corinthians 6:16

When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

-1 Peter 5:4

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your wholespirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

-1 Thessalonians 5:23

So that you may approve what is excellent,and so be pure and blamelessfor the day of Christ. -Philippians 1:10