GOD’S Holy Word is HIS Written Word, the Bible; as spoken by HIS Holy Only Begotten Son, Jesus the Saviour of mankind.
The Apostle Paul in 2nd Corinthians 6:16 wrote, And what agreement hath the Temple of GOD with idols? for ye are the Temple of the Living GOD; as GOD hath Said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their GOD, and they shall be MY people.
The Apostle Paul states that GOD (YHWH) has Chosen to Establish HIS Abode / Dwelling in the hearts of mankind by HIS Word that is Truth and is no lie. Therefore, we can depend on what HE has Said.
In 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 the Apostle Paul wrote, Know ye not that ye are the Temple of GOD, and that the Spirit of GOD Dwelleth in you? *If any man defile the Temple of GOD, him shall GOD Destroy; for the Temple of GOD is Holy, which Temple ye are.
The Saints are cautioned to be conscious of how they treat or take care of the Temple of GOD (YHWH); which Temple they are.
In other words, they are not to defile their bodies, because their bodies are the Temple of the Living GOD.
There are many ways in which the Temple of the LORD, (The Body of Christ - the Saints), can be defiled or made abominable or unclean.
It behooves us therefore to search the Scriptures to find out how we are to take care or the Temple of the LORD.
The Apostle Peter in 1st Peter 2:5 wrote, Ye also, as Lively Stones, are built up a Spiritual House, an Holy Priesthood, to offer up Spiritual Sacrifices, Acceptable to GOD by Jesus Christ.
Think about this for a moment; The physical Temple of the LORD was built with Perfectly Hewn Stones, so that each stone slid precisely into its place.
The Saints, as Lively Stones (if you will), are being Chiseled and / or Shaped into Perfection so that each individual Saint will easily fit into the Building of the Temple of GOD.
Not only are the Saints Lively Stones, but their nature has been Changed from that of fleshly mankind unto that of the Spirit; a Royal Priest Hood to GOD.
We read in Hebrews 3:6, Christ as a son over His Own House; Whose House are we, IF we Hold Fast the Confidence and the Rejoicing of the Hope Firm unto the END.
There are conditions to being part of this House or Temple of GOD.
First of all, a person MUST Accept the Precious Blood of Jesus, for the Remission of their sins; then, they MUST be Baptized in the Name of the Lord as a Witness of their Confession; and they MUST Continue in the Observance of the Written Word of GOD if they want to be part of the House of the Lord.
The Prophet Jeremiah In Jeremiah 31:33 wrote, This shall be the Covenant that I will Make with the House of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will Put MY Law in their inward parts, and Write it in their hearts; and will be their GOD, and they shall be MY people.
The People of the Living GOD Love HIM so much that they Read the Written Word of Truth, the Bible; so that they might know how to serve HIM as they should.
One Scripture says, The Entrance (or Depositing) of GOD’S Word Giveth Light and Understanding to the simple, Psalms 119:130.
It is also Written that GOD’S Word is Health to ALL your flesh, Proverbs 4:22.
Let’s look at it this way; once a person has deposited large sums of money (Several Thousand Dollars) into a Bank account; they will then be able to draw on or write checks on the money in that account.
On the other hand, if a person has NOT deposited large sums of money into a Bank Account; then, they do NOT have the right to draw on or write checks on that account. If they do, they will be in trouble with the Authorities As a Hot-Check Writer.
In reference to GOD’S Holy Word, if we Read / Study HIS Word; then, we will have the Ability to Draw on HIS Word as needed, knowing HIS Holy Word will Help the Believer to Live a life that is Acceptable to HIM.
In Jeremiah 11:19 the Prophet Jeremiah wrote, I (Jesus) was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the Tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut Him off from the land of the living, that His Name may be no more remembered.
The enemy is always seeking to break down and destroy the Body of the Lord (Jesus); which Body the Saints are. However, the Body of the Lord stands Sure / True.
As Jesus used the Word of the LORD to Resist the devil so, the Saints are to use the Written Word of the LORD to do the same; so that they too will be able to Resist the devil. Therefore, it behooves them (us) to be Familiar with the Written Word of GOD (YHWH) the Bible.
We read in Jeremiah 24:7 where he wrote, I (YHWH) will Give them an heart to Know ME, that I am the LORD: and they shall be MY people, and I will be their GOD: for they shall Return unto ME with their Whole Heart.
God in HIS Abundant Love and Mercy has Provided the Saints with EVERY THING they need to Endure till the Second Coming of Jesus; when they shall enter into the Promised Land; HIS Heavenly Kingdom. Praise HIS Holy and Righteous Name!
The Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 32:33 wrote, And they have turned unto ME (YHWH) the back, and not the face: though I Taught them, rising up early and Teaching them, yet they have NOT Hearkened to Receive Instruction.
Here, the Prophet Jeremiah tells us that there are those who will REFUSE to Listen to, or Hear and Observe the Written Word of the LORD. Let’s NOT be included among those Rebellious Ones.
We read in Leviticus 26:12, I will Walk among you, and will be your GOD, and ye shall be MY People.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that the Spirit of the LORD is ever with us (the Saints) to Protect and Keep us; and to Lead and Guide us into ALL Truth? Praise HIS Holy Name!
In Zephaniah 2:9-10 we read, Therefore as I Live, Saith the LORD of Hosts, the GOD of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of MY People shall spoil them, and the remnant of MY People shall possess them. *This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the People of the LORD of Hosts.
There is coming a day when the Saints of GOD will witness the reward of the wicked; and they will get back everything that they had seemingly lost.
We read in St. John 14:17, Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world can NOT receive, because it seeth HIM NOT, NEITHER knoweth HIM: but ye Know HIM; for HE Dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
The Saints are truly Blessed in Knowing that the LORD has Provided a Way for them to Overcome ALL the power of the enemy, the devil. The Holy Ghost is that Spirit that the Heavenly FATHER Sent in the Name of Jesus to Empower, Instruct, Lead, Guide and Direct the Saints into ALL Truth.
In Zechariah 7:9-13 we read, Thus Speaketh the LORD of Hosts, saying, Execute True Judgment, and Show Mercy and Compassions every man to his brother: *And oppress NOT the widow, NOR the fatherless, the stranger, NOR the poor; and let NONE of you Imagine evil against his brother in your heart. *But they Refused to Hearken, and Pulled Away the shoulder, and Stopped their ears, that they should NOT hear. *Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the Law, and the Words which the LORD of Hosts hath Sent in HIS Spirit by the former Prophets: therefore came a Great Wrath from the LORD of Hosts.
True Judgment is the Execution of that which is Written in the Word of GOD, the Bible. True Judgment always brings forth the results that God (YHWH) intended it should be.
Isn’t it sad however; that mankind thinks that they know better than GOD; and they endeavor to change the Word of GOD to suit their own agenda?
GOD’S Holy Written Word says; we are to Kill the person that Commits Murder or Rape or Kid-napping or Sodomy or Adultery; but mankind says, "The person that does these things didn’t really mean to do them because of circumstances beyond their control or they had a disturbed child-hood or that person is just a child and didn’t know any better."
Mankind gives a mired of excuses for NOT doing what the Written Word of GOD Tells them to Do. But the Truth is; if we would Adhere to GOD’S Holy Word; the Tried and True, Written Word; then, we would be a whole lot better off.
It is therefore very important that the Saints Know the Written Word of GOD; so they will have the ability to Say and Do that which is Right and Pleasing in the Eyes of the LORD.
When the Saints Know and Adhere to the Written Word of GOD; they will be more likely to Seek the Good of; and / or the Well-being of all of the other Saints; and they will be LESS likely to offend anyone.
We read in St. John 2:19-21, Jesus answered and said unto them, destroy this temple (His flesh), and in three (3) days I will Raise it up. *Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this Temple in building, and wilt Thou rear it up in three days? *But He Spake of the temple of His Body.
In three days and three nights (72 – Seventy Two Hours) Jesus Finished Forever; the Way in which mankind is Afforded the Ability of Becoming Part of the Body of Christ, the Church.
For the past three thousand years the Lord (Jesus) has been Preparing the Saints (The Body of Christ) for that Great and Final Day when they Enter in Through the Gates of that City, the New Jerusalem, the Heavenly City of GOD.
The Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 wrote, Know ye not that your body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of GOD, and ye are NOT your own? *For ye are Bought with a Price: therefore Glorify GOD in your body, and in your spirit, which are GOD’S.
In general, a person should take better care of things that belong to another person than they do for the things that belong to themselves.
If you break something that belongs to you, you alone bear the expense. However, if a person breaks or destroys that which belongs to someone else, the other person bears the cost and the loss.
The Price that Jesus Paid for the Redemption of mankind was that of Living a Self-denied Life, the Suffering of the Stripes that were laid on His Back, and the Humiliation and Death on a cruel cross. He Took our Punishment.
In Acts 20:28 we read, Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of GOD, which He (Jesus) hath Purchased with His Own Blood.
If you are a person that has been Born Again; In, Through and By the Precious Blood of Jesus; then, you have a Responsibility to Build-up the Body of Christ, the Saints; ALL Fellow Believer.
All too often people think that it is the Preacher’s or Pastor’s responsibility to Minister to the Saints. However, every Believer is to be a Minister of Righteousness in order to Encourage one another and to Draw those that are Lost unto Repentance.
We read in Revelation 21:22, I saw no Temple therein: for the LORD GOD Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it.
The Saints will Enter In Through the Gates of the City into the Holy New Jerusalem. When we are in Jesus, we are in the Temple of the LORD because, He Calls those things that are NOT as Though they ALREADY Are, Romans 4:17.
The Apostle Paul in Galatians 4:19 wrote, My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be Formed in you.
In the Beginning; GOD Formed Adam out of the dust of the earth. Now; In, Through and By the Precious Blood of Jesus; GOD’S Spirit is Formed in the Believer. Praise HIS Holy and Righteous Name Forevrmore!
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister
House of Prayer Sabbath Ministries