“Your Body – His Temple?”

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Christianity, Replacement Theology, Salvation, Security

It’s hard to imagine that God would be willing to display His presence in something that man made with his own hands. And yet this is what God did after King Solomon erected a Temple for God on Mt. Moriah where Abraham had offered up Isaac as a sacrifice to God (Genesis 22; 2 Chronicles 7:1ff). It took seven years and the skilled labor of 153,000 skilled workers to complete this magnificent Temple.

Gold. “Nearly every feature of the Temple, including the walls, doors, nails, and furnishings, involved gold or gold overlay-a fact made possible by the enormous preparations of King David (1 Chronicles 22:14) in which he set aside 100,000 talents (3,750 tons) of pure gold!”* This is hard for us to imagine.

Queen. The Queen of Sheba heard about the wisdom of King Solomon, and the Temple that he had constructed (2 Chronicles 9). But not until she went to see him and the Temple for herself did she believe the reports she’d heard. This Temple was God’s way of declaring to the world that He was the true and living God who was displaying His presence in the Shekinah glory cloud that filled the Temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 7:1-3).

Ichabod. This name means “The glory has departed” (1 Samuel 4:21). After enjoying God’s blessings for many years, the Jewish people began to pursue the idolatrous and immoral ways of the nations around them instead of being faithful witnesses to the true and living God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:8). They brought down on themselves the judgment and curses from God and are still suffering to this day (Deuteronomy 28:15; Matthew 27:25). God’s glory did depart from Solomon’s Temple but it will return when Christ sets up His millennial kingdom on this earth that will last for 1,000 years (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4, 18; 11:23; 43:2-5; Revelation 20:1-7). Do you know what event will take place seven years before this?

Promise. “If My people [the Jews] who are called by name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). During the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7), known also as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:21ff), the surviving remnant will cry out to God for deliverance and He will rescue them in the nick of time (Revelation 19:11-16; Matthew 23:39; Zechariah 12; 14).

Today. God doesn’t dwell in buildings today that are made with human hands as He did in the Old Testament (Acts 17:24). Instead He dwells within the bodies of true believers (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). They must be kept morally pure (1 Peter 1:15, 16). All known sins need to be confessed to God so fellowship with Him can be restored (1 John 1:7-9). We must keep them in check if we want to earn the imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:25).

Responsibility. It is each Christian’s responsibility to exhibit God’s glory to an unbelieving world by displaying the nine parts of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Christ likeness) at the right time and place (Galatians 5:22, 23). Those who are “filled with the Spirit” will not be drunk with wine but will have a singing, thankful, and submissive heart (Ephesians 5:18-21). Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit. All of us can be, and should be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. If you’re saved, can this be said of you?

Trial. If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Are you ashamed of Jesus who died on a cross for your sins, and rose again bodily on the third day? In light of all His mercies toward you, shouldn’t you present your body to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2). The clothes we wear, the words we speak, the habits we have, and the places we go all say something about us. They either reflect or detract from the glory of God in our lives. Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic)?

Salt And Light. The Jews are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:3). This is why God hasn’t destroyed this earth yet (2 Peter 3:10-13). He promised to give to them the land that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:18-21). They will get it all during Christ’s millennial reign on earth. In eternity future God will give to them a new earth (Romans 4:13). The Jews are also the light of the world to shine forth the glory of God by doing good works to glorify God in heaven (Matthew 5:14).

Christians. Contrary to what is being taught in many “Christian churches,” the Church hasn’t taken over the promises that were given to Israel. This is called “Replacement Theology.” God sees people today as Jews, Greeks (non-Jews), and the Church (1 Corinthians 10:31). Read http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

Jews. God has a special future for the nation of Israel (Romans 11:1ff) and another one for the true Church (Romans 8:17). Today, the Church is a completely separate entity from Israel (1 Corinthians 10:31). We (Christians) are to act as salt and light. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6). Furthermore, we are to walk as children of light, not darkness (Ephesians 5:8). Are you?

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(*Portions taken from “Your Daily Walk” Walk Thru The Bible Ministries, p. 131, 132)

 

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