Temple of the Holy Spirit (Part 5)

The Full Armor of God

legionaryThe Battle

Once we have gotten our walk right. We have controlled over what is clean and unclean and put aside the profane and walk in the sacred we are ready and fit for battle, and the battle is more real than the unprepared can ever realize. If you are not right with God you will not stand against the devil. If your temple of the Holy Spirit is not clean out, the devil will use what you have neglected to throwout against you.

So clean your house before you think you can put on this armor.

10   Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  

13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;  16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,  19 and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,  20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph. 6:10-20

When we first come to believe in Messiah we are often uncomfortable with the idea of a devil or the spirit world in general. It is one thing to believe in God it is quite another to believe in the devil. The devil is that joke we see comedians using to make fun of those religious people. However the Bible is clear that the divil is a really entity, and his name is Satan not Lucifer.

FYI: Lucifer is one of those words that is totally made up. It is Latin for shinning one. In Is 14 the planet Venus is called the shinning one, and that got translated into Latin as Lucifer. Then sloppy lazy preachers applied the name to Satan. (See Also: Lucifer just another name)

Our enemy is one fine scam artist, one of his greatest trick is to make people think he isn’t even real. That there are no such thing as the devil or evil spirits. However it is the devil and demons that we are really fighting. We tend to get our eyes on people. The teacher who teaches evolution, or the global warming advocate, the politician who passes laws to kill unborn babies etc. But it is these mere men that we were told to make disciples of, not fight. We must break that control that the demonic forces of this world have by making disciples. (See Also: The Welsh Revival) Then they to can wear the armor and fight the fight.

Our enemies are actually, the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. That is quite an alarming list of beings, which is why we need the Armor of God.

Belt of Truth

In ancient armor it is the belt that held all the other pieces of armor together. Truth is what keep everything else working. It is truth that sets on free.

“. . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

This is one of the most difficult things to get believer to understand. Satan can use lies. He is the father of lies.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

The meaning is simple, we must examine every aspect of our lives looking for truth and error. If something is not truth we must discard it. Lies are the tools of Satan. Look at the things we believe, are they Biblical or are they fiction? What is their source? The Bible, Judaism, Paganism, Legend, or Myth?

The universe is a creation of the living God and not an ascendent, Christmas is not Jesus’ birthday, Easter is not the day our Savior rose from the dead, etc. Lies are the Devils territory.

Breastplate of Righteousness

Anyone struck by sword or spear in the center of the body was sure to be killed. The breastplate were just like our modern bullet proof vests they protected the vital organs. Our enemy Satan wants to take us out before we can begin to preach and teach.

We have a problem.

as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” Rom. 3:10

However there is a solution. Our righteousness is not our acts, we cannot even think to do good. Our righteousness is in Messiah’s act of obedience unto death.

21   But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it,  22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction;  23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  24 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,  25 whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins;  26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. Rom. 3:21-26

To fight the spirit world we must make our stand in the righteousness of Messiah and not our own. It is by His authority that our life force is protected.

Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Luke 10:19

Shoes of the gospel of peace/shalom

The congregation of the Lord does not march to war, we march to peace. Peace is not the absence of conflict between man and man but rather the absence of conflict between man and God. It is that absolute assurance that no matter what happens to our life and body, our soul is safe with God. Nothing can harm us without permission from the Throne.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matt. 10:34 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

So Sally forth into battle, there is nothing to fear.

Shield of Faith

. . . with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.

The Roman shield which was the state of the art at the time this was written, were built to quench burning arrows. This was accomplished by soaking the shields leather covering in water before battle. It was impossible to stop the Roman army with flaming arrows.

Helmet of Salvation

Similar to the breastplate that protects all the vital organ the helmet protects the brain from a death blow. Without salvation you have no eternal life.

and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, Heb. 5:9

Sword of Word

Our only weapon is the word of God. Far to many “young in the faith” wade out into this battle with little knowledge of their only weapon. We must study, we must memorize, our words mean nothing, only the Words of the Bible have power.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb. 4:12

Prayer in the Spirit

This is to be a prayer for alertness. We need help to see into spiritual realms. The evil we perceive with our physical eyes are not the true evil of this world. We must seek to become ever more vigilant to the wiles of the Devil.

There is no back plate in this armor. There is nothing covering a retreat. So we must never retreat. We must never runaway. There is only forward and attack. We must stand and face our true enemy.

Temple of the Holy Spirit (Part 1)

Temple of the Holy Spirit (Part 2)

Temple of the Holy Spirit (Part 3)

Temple of the Holy Spirit (Part 4)

The Temple of the Holy Spirit (part 1)

temple2The first thing a new believer should be taught is that they are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, and what that means.

Obviously if we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, then the Temple of the Old Testament stands a type of our worship. The Temple of the Law was first and foremost HOLY, SACRED or KADOSH meaning that is was set apart for a purpose. It was a place of learning and sacrifice. As such its physical nature is the type we are seeking to make spiritual. The sacrifices that were once physical are now to be spiritual sacrifices.

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Rom. 12:1 

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; 1 Cor. 6:19

. . . and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. 2:5

The secondary purpose of the Temple was for the instruction of the people so that they could separate what is common from what is sacred from what is profane and unclean.

You are to distinguish between the holy and the common (or profane), and between the unclean and the clean; Lev. 10:10

Ephesians 4, 5 & 6 takes us through this separation. (We will be breaking this post up into 4 or 5 posting because the rough draft stands at 15 pages. So our first section will be our Unity. Next week will be what is Unclean, then Profane, Sacred, and finally The Battle.)

FYI: A little Hebrew word distinction. Things that are common or profane are alway unclean, however things that are unclean are not necessarily profane. Things that are just  unclean carry a penalty of having to bathe after the sun goes down. However things that are profane carry a penalty of being cut off from the people.

Unity

Ephesians 4

1   I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,  2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,  3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,  5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.  

Even though Paul is a prisoner he is living a sacred life or as the Old Testament would have put it “clean”. To often we live our lives as sacred for one hour on Sunday and forget the rest of the time. His goal is to maintain unity and not find so insignificant fault with others, but to be meek and patient. Meekness is not cowardliness it is the lack of pride. It is that loss of fearing what others will think when we stand up and speak out for our King, which of course looks like arrogance to those not in submission to the King, so it take patients to win people to the truth. He wants to keep the peace. This does not mean he tolerates false doctrine or the immoral. (I’ll admit my sin here, I have yet to find balance, I suffer no fools and I take no prisoners, I have no patients for them)

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Eph. 5:11

Then he lists the seven ONES. These are all sacred and should be afforded the kind of respect that sacred thing deserve.

One body

One spirit

One hope

One Lord

One faith

One Baptism

One God and Father

It is clear from church history that few have gotten these ONES right. This is due to our inability to get our sin natures under control and submitted to the Holy Spirit. The fact many of us are not secure enough in our faith or understanding, we are unable to leave it all in the hands of the Holy Spirit. We feel that we are right and everyone else should fall in line.

Confect reigns when those caught in the pride of life are in charge. They need to be right, they need to control others, they need to be respected, they must be right because their teachers were right. However, one is perfectly right. That is why it is called spiritual growth, or walking in the Spirit. It is a process learning to submit oneself to the Spirit.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Eph. 5:2

Somehow we think it is a competition. He who has the biggest congregation wins, or something. This is not faith, but rather the pride of life.

Those of true deep spiritual understanding rarely care to argue. They have come to understand that to change ones mind on this or that theological point is no big deal. It is rather a natural growth and consequence of study. So when they meet someone they disagree with, they know that as true seekers of the faith they will either grow to agree whoever’s point is correct. There is a calmness that come from understanding the work of the Holy Spirit.

The patient theologians waits for the Spirit to instruct.

. . . but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Is. 40:31

Sacred Gifts

7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  8 Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”  9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?  10 He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)  11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,  12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;  14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.  15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love. 

These are our sacred gifts which are explained in our other post The Gifts. The purpose of these gifts is for Unity, and since there is no unity the gifts have clearly been corrupted. Just as Korah who thought that anyone should be able to do the work of the High priest. [Num. 16] we all have our gifts and our place. These gifts are given that we might attain a state where we are no longer tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. However men always seek after the new and novel, we don’t like that dry old theology stuff. Sound teaching is often set aside for what is exciting but unprofitable for spiritual growth.

There needs to be that measure of maturity that makes one study and seek God’s will above our own. That understanding that we are to be Holy as He is Holy, a tall order indeed. When we talk of church growth we usually mean numbers, but that is not what this growth is about. It is that unity that we seek. Through careful study of the Word that we attain spiritual truth. Only then can we grow the whole body, and join together in God’s work.

8   Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;  10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.  11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.  13 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:8-13

This is what the Welsh Revival was so great at, they boiled all this down to just four points.

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Temple of the Holy Spirit (Part 4)

Temple of the Holy Spirit (Part 5)

Psalm 122 A Song of Ascents

A Song of Ascents. Of David.  Davids-Tent

1 I was glad when they said to me, 

“Let us go to the house of the LORD!” 

2 Our feet have been standing within your gates, 

O Jerusalem!  

3 Jerusalem, built as a city which is bound firmly together,  

4 to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, 

as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.  

5 There thrones for judgment were set, 

the thrones of the house of David. 

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! 

“May they prosper who love you!  

7 Peace be within your walls, 

and security within your towers!”  

8 For my brethren and companions’ sake I will say, “

Peace be within you!”  

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, 

I will seek your good. 

David wrote this before there was a house of the Lord, only a tent, and that tent held only the ark. (See Also: The Third Temple) Everything else was still back in Shiloh, and now as God’s plan and purposes have moved forward we are the house of the Lord. Our feet are always standing within His gates, for we are His temple.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; 1Cor. 6:19

No longer is it just the 12 tribes of Israel that go up to a city of stone, but every people nation and tongue to give thanks for we are that temple.

21  Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the law?  22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman.  23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise.  24 Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.  25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.  26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.  27 For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.”  28 Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.  29 But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now.  30 But what does the scripture say? “Cast out the slave and her son; for the son of the slave shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.”  31 So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman. Gal. 4:21-31

We stand within the gate of the spiritual Jerusalem, and what binds us together is not mortar but the blood of our Beloved Savior.

As I looked, thrones were placed and one that was ancient of days took his seat; his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, its wheels were burning fire. Dan. 7:9

Thrones were set up. Here the thrones are of the house of David, in Daniel we are not told who is on the thrones, and in the Revelation they are those in when judgment is committed. Is the house of David his literal descendants, or are they those who follow in his brave steps, and step out to face their Goliaths? We will not know till we see these thrones set up.

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev. 20:4

The peace we are praying for is the peace for this new Jerusalem. A Jerusalem of flesh and blood and not stones and mortar. And yet there is something more glorious yet to come of this spiritual Jerusalem. In some why our habitation with the Spirit sill be come more tangible and real to us.

1  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband;  3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them;  4 he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” Rev. 21:1-4

What all this turns out to be is yet unknown.

9   Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”  10 And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,  11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.  12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed;  13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.  14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Rev. 21:9-14

The Millennium

or better

Is there a Jewish style Millennium coming?

temple2Within the Messianic/Hebrew Roots community there is a large contingent of those who believe in a Jewish type millennium. When pressed for verses that back their presupposition they have none that are plain and simple. They point to verses in highly symbolic books. So why then do they conclude a physical temple, is hard to understand.

We are not opposed to a Jewish style Millennium, we just don’t see it in scripture.  If Messiah shows up and wants a temple built we will have no problem in complying, however speculating that that will be the case is just that, speculation.

There is only one passage that is definitely about the Millennium.

1   Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain.  2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,  3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while. 

4   Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years.  Rev. 20:1-6

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The last known mention of the Menorah and the Table of Show Bread.

menorahJust a curious note. There are always those who claim that the temple furnishings are here of there. While reading some history of the Roman Empire this small odd statement appeared.

Since the abolition of Paganism, the Capitol had been violated and abandoned; yet the statues of the gods and heroes were still respected, and the curious roof of gilt bronze was reserved for the rapacious hands of Genseric.4214 The holy instruments of the Jewish worship,4215the gold table, and the gold candlestick with seven branches, originally framed according to the particular instructions of God himself, and which were placed in the sanctuary of his temple, had been ostentatiously displayed to the Roman people in the triumph of Titus. They were afterwards deposited in the temple of Peace; and at the end of four hundred years, the spoils of Jerusalem were transferred from Rome to Carthage, by a Barbarian who derived his origin from the shores of the Baltic.  Chapter XXXVI: Total Extinction Of The Western Empire.—Part I.

 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Although the Menorah and Table are not mentioned by Jeremiah the Ark of the Covenant is and what he said is probably more important,

And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; it shall not be made again.  Jer 3:16

Tabernacle, Temple, Congregation, Church

We are a Mo’ed

second templeIn the Mosaic economy the tabernacle was called the ‘ohel mo’ed “the tent of meeting.” It was the appointed place where one was to meet with God. The plural of the word is Mo’adim and usually refers to the appointed holy days or Festivals of the Bible. So the Mo’adim were kept at the Mo’ed.

Under the Kingdom economy we are now the tabernacle of David and the temple of the Holy Spirit.[Act 15:16; 1 Cor 16:9]

Each and every one of us is a mo’ed. The day of our salvation is an appointed time. Our lives as servants of the King are all mo’adim. Our lives have been appointed as the time and place were we are with the King, and as such our prayer is to be “Thy will be done.”

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