We continue our look on what it means to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We have gone through what it means to be clean and unclean, and what is profane and should therefore be kept out of His Temple. Now we shall look at what needs be included and welcomed. What must be respected as coming from God, for these things are holy, separate, set apart things. They are the things that establish God’s order and are types of His love for us.
Walking in the Sacred
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, 20 always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
The first thing up is to walk in wisdom. To become wise is to be our goal. Wisdom is never a question of intelligence or knowledge, true wisdom is to know God’s will and to do it without hesitation.
To many teach that we should ask for health and prosperity, they forget that the man was born blind so that Messiah could be honored. Heath and prosperity are not on this list. We must ask God to show us what His will truly, and what part we are to play in it.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Matt. 6:33
We are to ask for and seek wisdom and that seeking and asking takes a fare amount of fear.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of that wisdom; a good understanding have all those who practice it. His praise endures for ever! Psa. 111:10
Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! Ps 112:1
This is a great marker of those who know the fear the Lord, they make no jokes about Him, they do not call Him their buddy, their friend, their pal, or BFF. The wise know that He is to be revered, for He is the King of kings.
The wise understand the will of the Lord, but the fools do not. We must not follow in the footsteps of a fool. Many appear at first to be men of God, but that appearance is deceitful. Fools do not study the Bible, but rather sound like they do. They want the respect and adulation that true men of God are afforded. So they puff themselves up, and make up what the Lord has said. They often claim special knowledge, and special authority, special dispensation, and with their claims they lead many astray.
Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand. Dan. 12:10
The study of the Scriptures is the only way to true knowledge. Its study gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to provide a greater high than any wine or drug can. However it takes much study and meditation on God’s Word and many are just too lazy to put the effort in.
Our songs should be those of thankfulness. To often in the post-modern Church the music is nothing more than a short line repeated over and over. This is not praise music, this is Hindu mantras. If one repeats a line over and over they will created a self hypnotic high, which then leaves them in susceptible state to accept whatever teaching they are told without any analytical thinking. Whole congregations are thinking that they are in the Spirit when they are really hypnotized.
Find an old hymnal, update the music if you need to, but these old hymns are full of good teachings and great thanksgiving. Our God is indeed Awesome, but most people don’t even know that awesome means to be fearful, not cool, charming, or beautiful.
Our psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs are to be sacred. They should lift up God and not ourselves.
21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; 33 however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Marriages are a type of God’s love for His people, and as such they are sacred. Marriage is a God given institution, and not the creation of man. Over the millennia we have embellished the institution with ceremony and law. The institution itself is contained in the creation of one man and one woman. Any other definition of marriage mars the type, and is therefore profane.
As to the wife being subject to her husband, The fundamentalist have beat that dead horse enough. Let us move on and look at why wives are to be subject to their husband. It is because they stand as a type of Messiah. Who’s love for His bride compelled Him to surrender His life for her salvation.
There is a very old parable about this love.
Suppose that there is famine in the land. Hard to imagine these days, but let us just suppose. There is very little food to be had. You come home from a hard day of scavenging with a small bag of food. Who eats first? Now in the home of the Gentiles the man eats first because if there is to be food tomorrow he will need his strength to get it. In the home of a good man the children eat first. For all good men know that children are a gift from God. For the righteous man, his wife eats first, because you have vowed before God and witnesses to take her. It is better to starve to death than break a solemn vow with God.
The husband is to be willing to give his life just as Messiah gave His. Where the wife is to honor the husband because of His great love. When this order and commitment break down, so does our understanding of God’s love. Especially for the children who are not mature enough to understand. Fathers and mothers represent to a child all that is God. This type is in their hearts even if the adults do not recognize it. Our first understanding of God’s love and discipline come from our relationship with our father’s and then our mothers.
FYI: Five Rules to a Good Marriage
- I’m sorry
- I was wrong.
- Please forgive me.
- It will NOT happen again.
- I still love you.
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.”
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
It is important that very young children be taught to obey, for they do not have the sense to know what is dangerous, unhealthy, or rude. They must be firmly taught, in order to live long. No! you can’t run in the street, talk to strangers, or eat that candy before dinner. As the children grow the lessons become more spiritual and less literal. They to must learn to distinguish between clean and unclean, sacred and profane.
Many struggle with obeying parents who are not in the Lord. It is impossible to honor the dishonorable. Just as an undisciplined person is unable to discipline a child, and the uninstructed cannot give instructions.
O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to thee shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and say: “Our fathers have inherited nought but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit. Jer. 16:19
5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ; 6 not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good any one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 9 Masters, do the same to them, and forbear threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
Slavery is no more. In our free society one can either work for themselves or work for another, for slaves have all been freed by the laws of our lands. However our work is to be as unto the Lord, whether we are the boss or the employee.
The boss likewise supposed to be as patient with his employees as God is with him.
The Coming Battle
Now that we know how to keep our temples of the Holy Spirit sacred, and clean with nothing unclean or profane in our hearts. Then we will be ready for the next step. To sally forth into The Battle with principalities and powers. This battle field is no place for those compromised with the world, the flesh, or the devil.