Thursday, February 23, 2017

Law - Building The House Of God (SD18)

1Cor 3:11-14  For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

Based on the foundation of our Lord Jesus Jesus Christ (according to His words, teachings, promises, designs, plans, will, etc.), each of us is expected to build the House (temple) of God that is within us.

The Outer Court

All the items for holding up the screens (cloth) of the outer court was made mainly of silver. We must build the Temple's Outer Court within us with silver - clean, pure and righteous works.

1 Pet 4:3-4  For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.

So having being saved by the blood of the Lamb, and having the Holy Spirit in us, we are able to separate ourselves from worldly lusts and walk righteously.

Phil 3:8  Finally, brethren, 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.

The Tabernacle

All the items used to hold up the screens (cloth), coverings of animal skins and wooden panels covered with gold, were mainly made of gold or covered with gold.

Gold represents eternity, purity, holiness and love.

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

In order for the holy Father to dwell in us, we must love Him. We must build this holy Tabernacle out of our love for Him (gold).

1John 2:5-6  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

The Altar of Incense

Heb 11:39-40  And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

The Altar of incense was placed outside the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies or Holiest of All) because of the imperfect animal sacrifices, so apart from us, even the men of faith in Heb 11, could not enter the Most Holy Place.

Heb 9:3-4a  and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant.

The Altar of incense is now placed inside the Most Holy Place in the Temple of God that is within us, because we have loved one another as He had loved us, by offering ourselves as living sacrifices by fire with sweet aroma at the Altar (Baptism of fire).

1John 3:16  By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.