Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Knowing God - Zeal For His House (LS12)

John 14:7-9  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

John 2:13-17  Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

Our Lord ensured that the temple of God where God dwells is not defiled. Since the traders (for the convenience of the Jews from afar) were only selling oxen, sheep and doves, all meant for sacrifices to God, still our Lord will not allow this to defile His temple.

(Note - churches and Christian missions must not be involved in any type of business at all. Let God bless our brethren businessmen, who make the money and offer it to God as tithes or love offerings. Please read Mal 1:8-12)

John 2:19-21  Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

Since our physical bodies are temples of God, God will be zealous to ensure that we keep them holy otherwise He may not dwell within. For God in us is the hope of glory.

1 Cor 3:16-17  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.

Col 1:26-27  the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Col 3:8-10 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.