Maintaining God's Temple, Your Body 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 The body is designed to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 3:16. This is one of the glorious truths of both Scripture and the Christian experience. The word "body" is singular: each believer is a temple of the Spirit of God.The Holy Spirit actually dwells within the body of the believer.The Holy Spirit is the gift of God. A man does not receive the Spirit of God by working for Him. He receives the Spirit of God as a gift from God."Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" John 14:17."At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you" John 14:20."But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" Romans 8:9.You see, God is not going to share His glory with another. He is not content to be King for a day.
Providing means for a fool to gain wisdom is a waste of time and effort because wisdom is a matter of the heart. King Solomon, sadly, provides us with a prime example of this.
Also Reference: 1 Kings 3, Deuteronomy 17:16, 1 Kings 3:1, 1 Kings 11:4, 1 Kings 11:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 3:13
Jesus Christ has divided history more than any person. Foolishly hated and rejected by so many yet loved and adored by all who know Him as their life-changing personal Lord and Saviour. We consider why and in what ways He is precious to those who believe on Him.
Who chose for Jesus to die?
Jesus willingly sacrificed His own life. And He did this in full knowledge of the cost that it would involve, but He did it because He loved us – His people.
The rich young ruler had gone away and now the disciples asked Jesus, "What about us? We've left everything to follow You." jesus made three promises to them. He promised that they would receive back a hundredfold what they had left behind, that they would encounter persecution, and that they would be given everlasting life in the world to come.
Jesus was willing to pay the ultimate price to purchase this for us. He took His 12 disciples aside and told them what was really about to happen to Him. He told them that He would be betrayed, condemned to death, handed over to the Gentiles, mocked and scourged and spit upon, and put to death.
But the story wouldn't end there, because He would also rise from the dead! On the cross, the price was paid for our salvation. But in the Resurrection, we are justified! In the Resurrection, we have hope. And in the Resurrection, we have the assurance that the Lord's promises are true.
Will you trust in Jesus and live out a living faith? He deserves our allegiance and love. Will you sacrifice for Him? This is part of the cost of discipleship. But the new heavens and new earth – where we will join the myriads of redeemed souls who are singing and praising Jesus – will make those sacrifices worth it in eternity!
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:13-6:2 Text: 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Sermon: BE RECONCILED TO GOD!
I. The Goal of this Reconciliation (vs 21b)
II. The Cost of this Reconciliation (vs 21a)
III. The Call of this Reconciliation (vs 20)
"WE IMPLORE YOU ON CHRIST'S BEHALF, BE RECONCILED TO GOD."
"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
This morning Pastor Randy will teach on a verse that could be called "The Transaction of Grace." Salvation came at great expense. It came at the cost of the suffering and death of the incarnate Son of God. Our study will culminate with verse 20, where the Apostle urges his readers to be reconciled to God!
Theological point: Imputation is an amazing truth. It teaches first that Adam's sins are imputed or credited to our accounts such that we all inherit the sin and guilt of Adam and Eve. This is called ORIGINAL sin… because of this we also commit ACTUAL sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21 teaches us that there can also be a legal transferal of Christ's righteousness… this is also an imputation but this time of grace for our good.
In this Parable, although there is a parallel with the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, we do see other truths being set forth by Jesus for our understanding as Christian people. Here the emphasis is not so much about the work of the Lord Himself in His spiritual work of salvation by means of the working of the Holy Spirit, as much as it is about the work of ministers and the responsibility of all other Christians who are preaching and sharing the gospel. The real truth that the Lord Jesus would have us to understand better in this Parable is –
1st – What is Jesus comparing the kingdom of heaven to here? It is like the casting of a great fishing net. And the net represents the preaching of the gospel of Christ.
2nd – What does the sea and the fish of every kind in this sea represent? The sea is the picture of the sinful world that we live in, and the sinful people who live in it are pictured here for us as fish of every kind who are fished out by the gospel.
3rd – What will take place when the net is full? They will draw it to shore, and sit down and gather the good fish into vessels, but they will thrown away the bad.
4th – At the end of the age, the angels will come forth and separate the wicked from among the just.
5th – They will cast them into the furnace of fire where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
So, today, I will take up some things related to the first of these points, and I will try to help you understand better what the word pictures of this Parable mean, and how this applies to us.
When we see our need for mercy, we see our need for Christ.
Aware of our need – not blind to our blindness. (v.46)
Aware of the source of mercy – not blind to Christ. (v.47-51)
Aware of the price of mercy – seeing Christ and His cross. (v.52)
How do we view ourselves?
What is the blessing of mourning our condition? Mt. 5:4
When is it good to be insistent and assertive? Mt. 11:12
Who hears our cries for help? Psalm 17:6
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So Christ's obedience was a full obedience to God's law. He added obedience to obedience in doing so. He piled up His obedience until it was perfect, like Himself. He perfectly fulfilled God's law in every aspect of keeping every one of His commandments. Layer upon Layer in the Oyster or Mollusk is added to cover the irritant, and when the work is finished, it looks perfect in some pearls. In Christ it was absolutely perfect. The result of Christ's full and complete obedience to God's law and His sufferings for sin is a Perfect Pearl, a Perfect Work in and by a Perfect Person to be searched for and found by those who will seek Him. The finished work of Christ in righteousness and sufferings is a complete and finished work, even as a Pearl which has no price.