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Evangelist Jordan (Chosenwithcare) | 1515 comments Mod
“Re-Building God’s Temple”

Subject: A Spiritual Message: Part 2

Scripture Reading: John 2:19; 2:21, I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19, Revelations 11:19

Let’s look at the Temple and the human body in this section. We are created by God. The Bible put it this way.

Fearfully and wonderfully made:
“Fearfully and wonderfully made” is how King David described God’s creation of human beings (Psalm 139:14). David praised God for this marvelous work called the human body. There are several references in the Bible where the body is actually likened to a temple (John 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19).
There is a purpose behind everything God does, and the creation of the human body is no different. A major purpose in this life is to grow in the righteous character of God. Through His dwelling in us by the power of His Holy Spirit, we are helped in achieving that purpose in life that will enable us to live forever in His family.
The apostle Paul shed light on the purpose of the human body when he told the brethren in Corinth, “For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:16-17).
Paul explained that God will dwell in men by the power of His Spirit. If our bodies are to serve as a temple or dwelling place for the Holy Spirit, does God have specific expectations about how we treat and care for our bodies?
Your body is to house the Holy Spirit:
Paul taught members the need to remember what was dwelling in them and how they would be held accountable for their care of their spiritual temple. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
We human beings are accountable to God for the way in which we care for our bodies. The analogy of a temple points to the temple in Jerusalem that Paul knew at that time. This temple was a rebuilt version of the magnificent temple Solomon had built long before.
Later on, in 1 Corinthians 6 Paul warned the Church about sexual immorality, stating: “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!” (v.15); and again in 1 Corinthians 6:18 he wrote, “Flee sexual immorality.”
His meaning is clear: Sexual immorality is a sin that defiles our bodies—making a mockery of the temple in which the Holy Spirit is to dwell.
Care for the body:
The human body needs to consume food for energy virtually every day. But not everything that crawls, runs, flies or swims was designed by the Creator to be consumed by people. Does God Care What Meats We Eat?” We also care for our bodies with proper sleep and exercise and appropriate social activities. It is no secret that even the things we think about can impact our health. Solomon wrote, “A good report makes the bones healthy” (Proverbs 15:30). What we choose to think about and even the words from family and friends can affect our health. Paul wrote: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
God promises to give a peace of mind that can help us cope with stresses and trials that sometimes war against our temple of the Holy Spirit. Thinking about things God wants us to think about will promote spiritual health to the temple.
Limitations:
Of course, there may be limitations to what we are able to do to preserve our health. Part of the equation is genetic or may involve environmental factors that are beyond our control. For example, the New Testament gives us the example of a man blind from birth, through no fault of his own (John 9:1-3).
In the same manner, some health weaknesses may not be caused by lack of self-discipline or failure to follow practices that would honor God, but may result from genetic predisposition or factors in our environment or life situation over which we have no control. However, given those constraints, God expects us to do as we are able to follow balanced guidelines pertaining to diet and exercise.
A temple like no other:
The temple Solomon built was magnificent! Many parts of the temple were overlaid with pure gold, including the altar and the inner sanctuary (1 Kings 6:21-22).
Our bodies, which are to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, are also quite special. Anything that contains God’s presence is deemed holy. The body that receives the gift of the Holy Spirit is special to God and is to reflect His nature.
How would you describe the current state of your temple—your body? We have the freedom to choose how we will care for this precious body lovingly designed by the Creator. It is His intent that we care for it and use it properly. Fearfully and wonderfully made is this body God created—the temple of the Holy Spirit!
Learn more about how we receive and are to respond to the Holy Spirit in the articles “What Is Baptism?” and “How Do You Know You Have the Holy Spirit?”

Week # 8 QUESTIONS

Questions for Review

1. Can you see this spiritually? Explain in full detail, please.
2. How are we created?
3. How did Apostle Paul shed light on the human body?
4. What is the spiritual temple?
5. What is the purpose of God’s creating the human body?
6. What does (2 Corinthians 6:16-17) says?
7. What God’s promise concerning our minds?
8. How would you describe the current state of your temple-your body?
9. How do you know you have the Holy Spirit?
10. If someone ask you about receiving the Holy Spirit, how would you explain, and what scriptures you would give?

Review these………………………

Spiritual Temple: The Body:
I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19
2 Corinthians 6:16
Ephesians 2:20-22
I Peter 2:5

Spiritual Cleansing:
Isaiah 1:16
Jeremiah 4:14
Acts 22:16
I Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 7:1
2 Timothy 2:21
I John 3:3

Weekly Word # 8: Mercy Seat

Let’s read the book of Esther………………..Saturday through Sunday 1-10


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This Week’s Prayer:

Father God, we come to You in humble spirit, asking for Your grace and mercy right now in Jesus’ name. Bless us to sit in the lap of grace, and cause mercy to embrace us in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Lord for who You are to us. You opened the Gospel with the story of a couple seeking lodging among strangers and whose newborn slept in a manger, for there were no room in the inn. You’ve told us that we, too, have no abiding home on earth. We’re strangers and pilgrims, looking for a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God. You’ve told us to show kindness to fellow pilgrims in this world. Some, having done so, have entertained angels without knowing it, hallelujah! So Lord, give us compassion for the homeless and all those who need our help. Give us smiling hearts for strangers. Deliver us from being indignant when we should be compassionate. Help us to serve the lease of these, and may we love our neighbors as ourselves. We have learned of Your Spirit who indwells us and desire to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, which is our keeper, our guide, and our teacher these evil days. Father God, the Israelites did not obey You years ago, and evil came upon them, please forgive us, and please do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. Keep us clean, create in us a clean heart, and renew the right spirit in us so we can be acceptable to Your Holy Spirit in our temple. These prayers we pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN.


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Our weekly word………Mercy Seat

The writer to the Hebrews talks about the arrangement of the tabernacle of the Old Testament. The tabernacle was the portable sanctuary used by the Israelites from the time of their wandering in the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt to the building of the temple in Jerusalem (see Exodus 25–27). Within the tabernacle was the ark of the covenant which included the mercy seat (Hebrews 9:3-5 NKJV).
The ark of the covenant, the chest containing the two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, was the most sacred object of the tabernacle and later in the temple in Jerusalem, where it was placed in an inner area called the Holy of Holies. Also within the ark were the golden pot of manna, such as was provided by God in the wilderness wanderings (Exodus 16:4) and Aaron’s almond rod (Numbers 17:1-13). On top of the ark was a lid called the mercy seat on which rested the cloud or visible symbol of the divine presence. Here God was supposed to be seated, and from this place He was supposed to dispense mercy to man when the blood of the atonement was sprinkled there.
In a manner of speaking, the mercy seat concealed the people of God from the ever-condemning judgment of the Law. Each year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies and sprinkled the blood of animals sacrificed for the atonement of the sins of God's people. This blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat. The point conveyed by this imagery is that it is only through the offering of blood that the condemnation of the Law could be taken away and violations of God’s laws covered.
The Greek word for “Mercy Seat” in Hebrews 9:5 is hilasterion, which means “that which makes expiation” or “propitiation.” It carries the idea of the removal of sin. In Ezekiel 43:13-15, the brazen altar of sacrifice is also called Hilasterion (the propitiatory or mercy seat) in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) because of its association with the shedding of blood for sin.
What is the significance of this? In the New Testament, Christ Himself is designated as our “propitiation.” Paul explains this in his letter to the Romans: “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed” (Romans 3:24-25 NKJV). What Paul is teaching here is that Jesus is the covering for sin, as shown by these Old Testament prophetic images. By means of His death, and our response to Christ through our faith in Him, all our sins are covered. Also, whenever believers sin, we may turn to Christ who continues to be the propitiation or covering for our sins (1 John 2:1, 4:10). This ties together the Old and New Testament concepts regarding the covering of sin as exemplified by the mercy-seat of God.


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Let’s read the book of Esther

Saturday through Sunday 1-10;

I have finished reading the book of Esther, very good! It shed light on this study.


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Week # 8 QUESTIONS

Questions for Review

1. Can you see this spiritually? Explain in full detail, please.
Yes, I can! The Old Testament is the natural side of this, and the New Testament is the spiritual side. Everything God does there is a revelation to it. The Temple in the OT represent our natural bodies according to the works done in the NT. We are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit. God came to cleans us through Jesus, so He could dwell in us. At the time that every unbeliever is saved, not only does he receive eternal life and become a member of the Body of Christ and a living stone in the temple, but he receives the Holy Spirit as a seal. God places the Holy Spirit in him as a seal. Ephesians 1:13 says, "In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise." Is that not our history? We have heard the gospel of our salvation and have believed in Christ. What happened after we believed? We were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise. Every Christian has the Holy Spirit as the seal. It is very obvious that the Holy Spirit does not belong just to some special Christians and that only specially sanctified Christians have life. The Scripture says that all who have heard the gospel of salvation and who have believed, have received the Holy Spirit as the seal. This proves that the seal of the Holy Spirit is something that all Christians have in common. As soon as one believes, he is saved and has the Holy Spirit in them, dwelling in his/her body, which is the temple of God Himself.
2. How are we created?
In Psalm 139:14 we read that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, our Creator, and we should praise Him.
3. How did Apostle Paul shed light on the human body?
2 Corinthians 6:16-17 says, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
4. What is the spiritual temple?
Our bodies is to house the Holy Spirit, which is the spiritual side.
5. What is the purpose of God’s creating the human body?
A major purpose in this life is to grow in the righteous character of God. Through His dwelling in us by the power of His Holy Spirit, we are helped in achieving that purpose in life that will enable us to live forever in His family.
6. What does (2 Corinthians 6:16-17) says?
As said earlier, we are the temple of God; God comes and dwell in us when we become born again by His Holy Spirit.
7. What is God’s promise concerning our minds?
God promises to give a peace of mind that can help us cope with stresses and trials that sometimes war against our temple of the Holy Spirit. Thinking about things God wants us to think about will promote spiritual health to the temple.

8. How would you describe the current state of your temple-your body?
Each day I try to keep my body clean for God’s present in me. If I do wrong, which I do, then I ask God for forgiveness and cleansing in my body, and I ask God to not take away His Holy Spirit from me in Jesus’ name. I try to present my body a living sacrifice unto the Lord daily. I am conscious of what happen in my body daily.
9. How do you know you have the Holy Spirit?
I know in my knowner that the Holy Spirit dwells in me, because we do talk together, and I know He answer me. I was promised through the Word of God that He would come when I was born again years ago, and I truly believe this is true. My life is not what it uses to be. I do not deny Him.
10. If someone ask you about receiving the Holy Spirit, how would you explain, and what scriptures you would give?
I would encourage them to read the book of Acts because it tell us that we must be filled with the Holy Ghost, which is the Holy Spirit; Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to help us live a life unto God that is well pleasing to Him. The Holy Spirit would keep us, talk with us, and God could guide us through His Holy Spirit. How? We must believe, we must ask for it in prayer, then we receive it by faith, and the Holy Spirit will fill us. Acts 2:38:"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Romans 8:9; 14, Acts 10:44-46).


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MORE WORDS TO CONSIDER:

Aaron’s Rod
Pollution
Transformation
Indwelling
The Altar of Burnt Offering


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