Tag: God’s temple

A Holy Temple!

Scripture reading for August 5th:  2nd Corinthians 6, Psalm 5, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 6:14-16 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.  For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness?  Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  What accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?  What agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For we are the temple of the living God; as God has said, “I will make My dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

The new ‘temple’ in the new covenant is the individual believer and then the corporate gathering, the church.  Paul explained their need for separation to God and from the world and its unrighteousness.  He did this by asking questions to be answered by the church members. Thinking critically is a big part of repentance.   Since God lives within us now and walks with us through this life, we who trust Christ are able separate ourselves from the things and people of this world and give ourselves fully to God.

Faith Confession:  I am the temple of the Living God, who lives and dwells within me.  I freely give my body, soul, and spirit to God for His exclusive dwelling place.  Help me to separate from worldly influences that hinder God’s use of my life.

Psalm 5:7-8 “But I, through the abundance of Your steadfast love, will enter Your house.  I will bow down toward Your holy temple in the fear of You.  Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before me.”  

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You are God’s Holy Temple

Scripture reading for July 9th:  Psalms 2-5, 1st Corinthians 3

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.  For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.  Let no one deceive himself.  If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”  

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church that was struggling with divisions.  He reminded them that they were God’s temple–collectively.  God’s Holy Spirit dwelled among them as they gathered.  Disunity and division was destroying the temple, putting those causing the division in danger.  Self-deception is a dangerous place to be.  True wisdom is humble and submissive to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  

Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize and obey the voice of Your Holy Spirit speaking and to honor the unity of the Church, Your body.  I ask for wisdom.  Amen.

 

 

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Thankful for God’s Dwelling with Us!

Scripture reading for September 14th:  Ezekiel 34-38

Key Scriptures:  Ezekiel 37:26-28 “‘I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put My sanctuary among them forever.  My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people.  Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when My sanctuary is among them forever.'”

God spoke to His people concerning a new covenant of peace that would last forever.  God promised to make the covenant and dwell with His people in His sanctuary that would be in their midst, never to be taken away again!  All nations would know that it is the Lord that makes His people, Israel, holy!  Under this new covenant, Gentiles would also experience God dwelling with them as their God and they would be His people!

God’s dwelling with us:  “What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the Living God.  As God has said, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”  2nd Corinthians 6:16

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You (the congregation) are God’s Temple!

Scripture reading for July 8th:  1st Corinthians 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 3:16-17  “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred and you are that temple.”  

The Church of Jesus Christ is now composed of the members of His body who are born-again and have the Holy Spirit marking them as children of God.  This body of believers become collectively ‘God’s temple’.  God’s temple is a sacred place where it’s members are separated from the world and dedicated to our Lord Jesus.  Paul explained this concept to the Corinthians and warned them against doing anything to destroy God’s temple!  God’s sacred temple was to be honored and protected, never used or abused by false teaching, worldliness, manipulative leaders or people.  God, Himself, promised to destroy those who would attempt that!   The ‘gates of Hell’ would not prevail against His Church!

Observations for over-comers:  All over-comers honor Christ’s temple and seek to protect and build it up through prayer, sound doctrine, and living in the Spirit.  “Those who are far from You will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to You.  But as for Me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”  (Psalm 73:27-28)

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Holy separation from the world!

Scripture reading for September 3rd: 2nd Corinthians 6:14-7:7

When one is reconciled to God and is filled with God’s love, the things of this world lose their attraction.  The Holy Spirit begins the work of sanctification.  This word ‘sanctification’ means being ‘made holy’ or ‘set apart’ for God.  The Holy Spirit helps us to separate ourselves from the worldly influences and ways that we had before salvation.  When we become a ‘new creation’, the old things pass away and new things come that are from God.  (2nd Corinthians 5:17-18)

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?” (2nd Corinthians 6:14-16a)  Paul urged the Corinthians to not be yoked with unbelievers. He asked them questions with an obvious answer of ‘none’ or ‘nothing’ to emphasize their need to maintain separation and cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

They were now the temple of the living God.  God lived in them and called them to be a holy and separated people!  God wanted to be their Father and they would be called ‘sons’ and ‘daughter’s’ of God the Father.  They would be known as the people of God.  These promises of God were “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus!  (2nd Corinthians 1:18)  These promises should motivate believers at Corinth and everywhere to perfect holiness in reverence for God.

This process of holy separation is initiated by the Holy Spirit living in us.  He is the Spirit of Truth who reveals Christ to us.  He convicts of sin, righteousness, and the coming judgment.  He reveals to us all that we are and have through our relationship with God in Christ. (1st Corinthians 2:10-12)   As we study the word of God, we are also required to do our part in a response of faith.  We put off the old ways of the world and put on the new ways of the Spirit.

“Do not be yoked with unbelievers!” Paul’s instruction and questions were for self-examination.  Take a moment today and ask yourself the questions Paul asked.  Are there unbelievers who are influencing you because of close associations?  Take Paul’s advice today!

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