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God’s Spiritual House and Its Implications on Christian Living: 1 Peter 2:4-8

13 Feb

Occasion: Sunday Worship 9th February, 2014

Illustration: How valuable is a piece of paper? If you wanted to cook, it would not produce heat more than a few moments.  If it gets wet it is damaged, and if it gets to close to a fire, it is consumed instantly, however if the United States or some other country takes the paper and runs it through a press that makes money, the paper becomes valuable.  The paper has value, because it is identified with the Federal Reserve that prints money.  The paper has little value, until it is printed as currency for a certain country.  Our glory is not in our looks, wit, or strength.  The only genuine glory that we have in this life is with our identification in Christ.

Text: 1 Peter 2:4-8

Purpose: Peter continues His emphasis on objects of true value, by presenting the glories all believers experience in Christ.

Proposition: God wants us to understand the glory that come from Christ, so we will cherish Him supremely in all circumstances.

Interrogative: How can we cherish Christ as we should?

Doctrine 1: All our glory is found in Christ: 2:5 through/by Jesus Christ…

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 Of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God– and righteousness and sanctification and redemption–that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.

  • We were chosen by God to salvation: 1:2
  • We have passed from death to life: 1:3
  • We are looking for our future eternal inheritance: 1:4
  • We are kept by the power of God: 1:5
  • We are awaiting future rewards at the Judgment Seat: 1:7
  • We have been providentially positioned in history: 1:10-12
  • We have been redeemed by the work and sacrifice of another: 1:18-19
  • We are His spiritual house: 2:5
  • We are His holy priesthood: 2:5
  • We can now offer up acceptable worship: 2:5

Doctrine 2: Our transcendent God dwells within His people: 2:5 You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house…

God’s nature:

  • Transcendent: God is not subjected to physical and material limitations.

Acts 7:48 The Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands.

2 Chronicles 6:18 Will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!

  • Omnipresent: He is everywhere at all times

Psalm 139:7-8 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

  • Holy: Separated from His sinful creation

Psalm 113:4-6 The LORD is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.  Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

God’s Old Covenant interaction:

Hebrews 12:18-21 You have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.  For they could not endure what was commanded: And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.  And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.

Doctrine 3: God’s presence demands certain responsibilities: 2:5 You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house…

Do not neglect the body: Be responsible…Being built together for a dwelling place of God…

Ephesians 2:20-22 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

How does one neglect the body?

  • Not being faithful to meet with the body.
  • Not exercising their spiritual gifts in the body.
  • Not praying for other members of the body.
  • Not considering the spiritual growth of the body.

Do not defile the body: Be pure…If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him…

1 Corinthians 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.

How does one defile the body?

  • Immorality
  • Gossip
  • False doctrine
  • Exalting men
  • Legalism

Glorify God in the body: Be committed…therefore glorify God in your body…

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

How does one glorify God in the body?

  • He is faithful
  • He is pure
  • He is committed

Conclusion: God wants us to understand the glory that come from Christ, so we will cherish Him supremely in all circumstances.

  • Am I rejoicing in the blessings that I have in Christ?
  • Am I marveling in God’s desire to dwell in His people?
  • Am I neglecting the body through: Not being faithful to meet with the body, exercising my spiritual gifts in the body, praying for other members of the body, or considering the spiritual growth of the body?
  • Am I defiling the body through: Immorality, gossip, false doctrine, exalting men, or legalism?
  • Am I glorifying God in the body through: faithfulness, purity, and commitment?
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