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We Are Building God’s Temple. Now! Nov.13, 2016

We Are Building God’s Temple.  Now!         Nov.13, 2016 f

The Temple:  A man-made building (that replaced a portable tent). 

Then Jesus said:  “I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.”

                                                                                                                             Mark 14:58

Christ himself will become the eternal temple of God.

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.                                                                                            Revelation 21:22

Now: In Christ, we are becoming a holy temple in the Lord. 2Co.6:16

You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the found-ation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19-22

So now we build on the foundation of Christ, doing it his way!

We are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.   By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it.  Whatever we build on that foundation will be tested by fire on the Day of Judgment. Then everyone will find out if we have used gold, silver, and precious stones, or wood, hay, and straw.    1Corinthians 3:9-13

Act like people with good sense and not like fools.  These are evil times, so make every minute count Don’t be stupid. Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:15-17

We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.                                                         Hebrews 10:25

Remember Jesus’ words, and DON’T BE AFRAID!            (Jesus says:

“Don’t keep worrying about having something to eat or drink.  Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father knows what you need.  But put God’s work first, and these things will be yours as well.”

“My little group of disciples, don’t be afraid! Your Father wants to give you the kingdom.  Sell what you have and give the money to the poor… Make sure your treasure is safe in heaven, where thieves cannot steal it and moths cannot destroy it.  Your heart will always be where your treasure is.   Luke 12:29-34

Luke 21 Some people were talking about the beautiful stones used to build the temple and about the gifts that had been placed in it. Jesus said, “Do you see these stones? The time is coming when not one of them will be left in place. They will all be knocked down.”

25 “Strange things will happen to the sun, moon, and stars. The nations on earth will be afraid of the roaring sea and tides, and they won’t know what to do.  26 People will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world. Every power in the sky will be shaken.  27 Then the Son of Man will be seen, coming in a cloud with great power and glory. 28 When all of this starts happening, stand up straight and be brave. You will soon be set free.

34 Don’t spend all of your time thinking about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you 35 like a trap. That day will surprise everyone on earth.  36 Watch out and keep praying that you can escape all that is going to happen and that the Son of Man will be pleased with you.”

John 2 13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”  21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.  22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said.  Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Philippians 4 5b The Lord will soon be here.  6 Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.   Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel

Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.

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