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The Wise Builder (2 of 3)

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1 Corinthians 3:10–15 ESV
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
1 Corinthians 3:15–16 ESV
If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:10–16 ESV
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Only A Solid Foundation and Quality Materials Can Build a Holy Temple and Bring a Lasting Reward.
Only A Solid Foundation and Quality Materials Can Build a Holy Temple and Bring a Lasting Reward.
Only A Solid Foundation and Quality Materials Can Build a Holy Temple and Bring a Lasting Reward.

How do you build wisely?

Start with a Solid Foundation
Use Quality Materials
What are we constructing?
1 Chronicles 29:1–9 ESV
And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God. So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God: 3,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house, and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?” Then the leaders of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work. They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron. And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
We are builders of God’s church and Holy Temple, and being built into a temple. A Holy temple!

3. We are both builders of the church, and being built up by God, into His dwelling place, a Holy Temple

Context

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Ephesians 2:19–21 ESV
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
So not only is it referring to the corporate body of belivers as Church, but we ourselves. That God is both building us up individually and corporately into a Holy Temple.
What do I mean? I want to pause here and think about the biblical story, God’s plan for us, and the purpose of the temple.
Now let me talk about
The temple was supposed to be the place where heaven and earth met. Thats why when you came to Jerusalem and if yo were to look upon Solomons temple, it was the highet and largest building in the city. Psalms of Ascent

God Dwelling and Walking With His People (No Temple)

The initial glimpse of temple language occurs with the first image-bearers in the garden of Eden—Adam and Eve () Images of the gods typically took the form of idols placed in ancient temples. The message of Genesis 1-2 is clear: God created humanity to dwell with him and bear his image in the world. For a brief moment, there was no need for a temple structure. All humankind lived in harmony with each other, nature, and God.
Images of the gods typically took the form of idols placed in ancient temples. The message of is clear: God created humanity to dwell with him and bear his image in the world. For a brief moment, there was no need for a temple structure. All humankind lived in harmony with each other, nature, and God.
This idyllic picture doesn’t last long. The first humans choose rebellion (). They are alienated from the garden, from each other, and from the presence of God. Will God restore his presence among them?
In the garden, when God created Adam and Eve, there was no temple. Thats right, God was walking with them in the garden of Eden.
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). They are alienated from the garden, from each other, and from the presence of God. Will God restore his presence among them?

The Tent/ Building

:8Almost like they were back in the garden!
Fast forward to the Exodus story. The people of Israel have been in slavery in Egypt for 400 years, disconnected from their identity as God’s image-bearers. As Moses led the people out of Egypt, God commanded the people to build the tabernacle. This tent structure served as a place for God to dwell with his people (). Almost like they were back in the garden!
Isaiah 56:7Loading...More). Through this temple, God not only manifested his love and care to Israel, but to anyone from any culture who would come there to worship him. Has God finally restored what we destroyed in the garden? Unfortunately, just like Adam and Eve, Israel’s leaders rebel against God, perpetuating evil and injustice. As a result, the temple is destroyed and the people are exiled from the land (e.g., Jeremiah 52:12-13Jeremiah 52:12-13Loading...More).
Several hundred years later, this tent is replaced by the permanent structure that King Solomon built in Jerusalem: the temple. This building was labelled “a house of prayer for all nations” ()Through this temple, God not only manifested his love and care to Israel, but to anyone from any culture who would come there to worship him. Has God finally restored what we destroyed in the garden? Unfortunately, just like Adam and Eve, Israel’s leaders rebel against God, perpetuating evil and injustice. As a result, the temple is destroyed and the people are exiled from the land.
Many years later, some people return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. However, the temple system quickly fell into corruption once again (Malachi 6:1-10). The Old Testament story ends with more questions than answers. Is it impossible for humanity to dwell with God as he intended?
Malachi 1:6-10Loading...More). The Old Testament story ends with more questions than answers. Is it impossible for humanity to dwell with God as he intended?

God pitching His tent with us (Jesus)

Just when we thought the story was coming to a tragic end, Jesus arrives on the scene. In fact, when the Gospel writer John describes Jesus, he states that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14)
The special word he uses for “dwelt” is the Greek verbal equivalent of the noun used to describe the tent God commanded Moses to make (Exodus 25:8-9Exodus 25:8-9Loading...More). Matthew, another Gospel writer, quotes Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 7:14Loading...More, claiming Jesus is Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” John and Matthew’s message is clear: Jesus is literally God with his people!
The special word he uses for “dwelt” is the Greek verbal equivalent of the noun used to describe the tent God commanded Moses to make ()Matthew, another Gospel writer, quotes ) Jesus is Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” John and Matthew’s message is clear: Jesus is literally God with his people!
John goes on to record Jesus referring to his own body as the temple, saying that it will be destroyed but rebuilt in three days. (John 2:19-21)
John 2:19-21Loading...More). At Jesus’ crucifixion the curtain that shielded the inner room of the temple is torn. What was the significance of this event? The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that accomplished what the temple in Jerusalem never could. Through Jesus’ sacrifice and victory, he made a way for God to not only dwell with his people, but for God to dwell in his people!
At Jesus’ crucifixion the curtain that shielded the inner room of the temple is torn. What was the significance of this event? The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that accomplished what the temple in Jerusalem never could. Through Jesus’ sacrifice and victory, he made a way for God to not only dwell with his people, but for God to dwell in his people!
So when Paul says, , he is making a interesting point.
1 Corinthians 12Loading...More). There is an inherent assumption of teamwork, cooperation, and unity as the people of God function as the temple today.
At face value, this could be mistaken as an individualistic idea. However, in English we don’t have a grammatically correct way to differentiate between a singular “you” and a plural “you all.” Suffice it to say, all of the ‘yous’ in this text are actually second person plurals. That means we should read Paul’s words as, “y’all’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.” There are some immense implications here, both for the early church and us today:
Community: There is an inbuilt communal aspect to being a part of God’s family. Paul uses the metaphor of the “body of Christ” to describe the Christian community and how all of the diverse members need each other () There is an inherent assumption of teamwork, cooperation, and unity as the people of God function as the temple today.
1 Corinthians 12Loading...More). There is an inherent assumption of teamwork, cooperation, and unity as the people of God function as the temple today.
Presence: The temple is where God dwells with his people throughout the biblical story. So if the people of God are the temple, that means it is through these people that God reaches the world.
Mobility: People travelled from far and wide to encounter God at the temple in Jerusalem. Now, the people of God are the temple and take God’s presence to the world! If the people are the Temple, then they must make his glory known to all nations from now until Jesus comes back.
says that when John sees the City of God..there was one thing he didn’t see. The Temple! God will walk and dwell with His people!
So our lives are beinig built into a temple! Corporately as the church, not the building but the people, individually.
When God makes us His temple, he does atleast three things!

Jesus Reveals His Rightful Place In Our Lives

Understand something, God doesn’t dwell in this building! He is here today, but not becuase of the cross on the front, or the fine craftmanship, or . He is here becuase He dwells in his people. In you individually, and corporately! God obviously is everywhere, becuase He is God, but He has chosen to rest and dwell in His people.
People
Have you ever thought about how amazing it is, that we are the temple of God. Before, people would travel from miles and mile to get to the temple of Solomon and worship and be in the presence of God. Before the world had to flow to one temple, now we the temple go to the world.
Application:
God is looking to reveal himself to the world through His children! The God of the universe would choose to dwell in us! There is still sin in this world, so the glory of God and relationship with the world and the people in it is broken, but through the blood of Jesus he has made us His temple.
So if you are a believer be consistent. For some reason we have our church building selves, and then us when we leave the building. But God is in you! You are the temple, and so live like it. “I wouldn’t say that at church” “I wouldn't do that at church” Well you are the church don’t do it period!
Ask yourself

Remember What Hes Doing

Jesus Removes What Has No Place In Our Life

Matthew 21:12–13 ESV
And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
Jesus went into the temple and turned over the tables of all the people who were exploiting the people, seekig personal gain. Turned over the nonsense.
Let me tell you something, when God enter into your life and heart, He will turnover and wreck all the nonsense reigning in your heart. He will overturn the self seeking, money seeking, status seeking, comfort seeking, prideful..all except God seeking. So when I see people still, comfortable in the same sin, no conviction, no desire to change, still hateful, still talking about people, won’t open thier bible, pray, serve…I think, I don’t know who they are serving, but the God I serve would’ve tore down some stuff. Changed some things.
So one part of wise building is building with quality and tearing down the mess!
John 2:15 ESV
And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
Listen, anybody every felt the whip of God? The correction of a loving Father? Anybody, like me been about to do something and God speak to you, and like thunder you know you can’t go there, can’t do that. If you have not felt the correction of God. If God hasn’t overturned some things in your life, Disciplined you, you are not a child of His.
Hebrews 12:6 ESV
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
My mom use to tell me before he whipped me, I’m only doing this because I love you. And I use to think well what does hate look like? Love me less then. But you know whats worse than being chastised by God to get right…for Him to let you stay in it as sin destroys your life.
I thank God he came into my life, and He didn’t just set up another table, he sat, made a whip and turned over everytable that was not His.
Now let me make this a little more personal. Because we have become the temple of God. Paul is going to speak to one particular sin which is unique and dangerously destructive in a way unlike others.
What does God have to tear down, so he can build in your life?
God wants all of your heart and life.
Either Jesus will be Lord of all or He won’t be Lord at all. Give Him all or nothing.
1 Corinthians 6:18–20 ESV
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:13–20 ESV
“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Sexual sin is one of the most common and excused sin today. It's pretty well normalized, sex outside of marriage, cheating, unfaithfulness, pornorgraphy. But listen to what Paul says..every other sin is outside the body, but sexual sin is unique because since your body is the temple, we bring God into the sin with you! We turn the temple into a place of unfaithfulness and wickedness. In the Old Testament if people just walked into the Holy of Holies without performing the right rituals they would fall dead. But for some reason we have normalized sexual sin..rebellion into the temple. The real reason churches close isn’t because of a meeting, becuase of too few people, the wrong music, it has nothing to do with out here…its in here!
When your heart is no longer a temple dedicated to God, When we no longer treat our live with the seriousness of a temple for the God on high..he will shut down the church building. Churches close in here, before they close out here!
Application:
If you did, how would it change your thoughts, mind, and actions.
Application:
Start asking God to reveal to you what idols are priorities are misplaced.
Surredner to God what you know He’s been asking you to let go of!
Flee sexual sin! It doesn’t say fight it, or try it..but flee!
There are some things that have to be broken down before God can build you up

Jesus Reorders What’s Out of Place in Your Life

The temple symbolizes the place where the glory of God dwells and rests! So the beauty of our work, the value in it, is in whether it glorifies God. God wants to be glorified in your life! God wants to be glorified in our church.
C.S. Lewis: The Glory of God, and, as our only means of glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.
C.S. Lewis-Our desire is not only to SEE glory, but to participate in the glory we see.
Romans 8:17 ESV
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
God wants to be glorified in our lives, to be participators in it!
Glory is. A difficlt world to define. It is like summation of God’s attributes. There is a since of praise and honor, but also of weighting's. God is looking to get glory out of or lives! The glory and presence of God changes things.
Pray!
OBC Worship/ Prayer
Illustration: Rock thrown into water.
1 Chronicles 29:1–9 ESV
And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God. So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God: 3,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house, and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?” Then the leaders of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work. They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron. And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
1Corinthians 29:1-9
When the glory of God settle into your life and heart, everything changes. What we are after is to invite the glory of God into our life! We can’t pray for the Holy Spirit to join us here in this church untill we have made up our mind to make room for Him in here!
So when we bring to God our best..He is glorified! But when we are content with a life that keeps God here on one day, or in one part of our life or another..we steal His glory. We take that which is due Him, and we keep it for ourselves! And so we can’t be upset when we don’t see or feel the presence of God in our lives when we haven’t made our lives, our jobs, our money, our marriages..for His glory!
Application:
If the temple is to be a house of prayer we must be people of prayer.
Start asking the question, “Does this glorify God?” Not simply is this ok, but does it glory God.
You can have as much of God as you want. You can be as close to Him as you want to be!
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