CONTEMPT FOR THE TEMPLE
I once presented [to a local pastor], one of the lessons that I had previously written regarding the topic of “the Temple of God”. Upon seeing him after the Sunday morning service, I asked him—-”what did you think of the paper I e-mailed you last week regarding the “Temple of God”. He smugly replied, “interesting concept” and changed the subject. This was a man who WEEKLY lauded the importance of “God’s House” [building] and it’s various needs. Following this opening comment will be a short passage from a book written by renowned Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias.
“The history of Christendom is not free of perversions. But Jesus sent a message loud and clear. We are his Temple. We do not turn in a certain direction to pray. We are not bound by having to go into a building so that we can commune with God. There are no unique times, and postures, and limitations that restrict our access to God. My relationship with God is intimate and personal. The Christian does not go to the Temple to worship. The Christian takes the Temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the Human Body the highest compliment by making it his dwelling place, the place where he meets with us. Even today He would overturn the tables of those who make it a marketplace for their own lust, greed, and wealth.
Was this not the stunning truth behind the woman’s expression as she poured the alabaster ointment , as described in Luke 7? On one hand it was to prepare for his death, but on the other hand something greater had taken place. She was a woman of ill repute. Her life’s living was possibly earned through prostitution. Now Jesus welcomed her and restored the worth of the human body to her. In her soiled earthly temple, she came to give an offering to him whose dwelling place it would be. Jesus said of her that wherever the gospel story would be told, the story of what this woman had done for him would also be told. It was the ultimate transaction between her corruption and His purity. It represented the changed relationship between the dwelling and it’s occupant. “Christ in you”, said the apostle Paul—”the hope of Glory” [Col.1;27]. What more glorious news than to find out that he seeks to live within you.
“What sign do you give us?” they cried
“Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
They did not know that he spoke of the Temple of His Body. Why? Because in their greed and love of power, they were focused on a Temple made with stone. How much they lost in exploiting other people, other temples, and indeed themselves—-within which God wanted to dwell. No other claimant would have answered it Jesus way. by Ravi Zacharias—Jesus among other Gods
Can you see the egregious theft that has been perpetrated in the HOUSE OF GOD? Can you understand the seriousness of this robbery? Won’t you STOP? Won’t you consider the sin that has gripped the Church for centuries unto millennia? Won’t you take a fresh look at scripture?
THE HOUSE OF GOD
THE TEMPLE OF GOD
1 Cor 3:9-17
9 For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Cor 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
1 Tim 3:14-15
14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
1 Peter 4:17
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
5 Likewise, greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.
9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household.
11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.
12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.
13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.
15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
1 Cor 16:15-20
15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.
19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Col 4:15 -18
15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.
2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
CONTEMPT FOR GOD’S HOUSE
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.