A Far Larger Truth than Being Truman
I’ve been talking about the fact we’ve learned the Lord out of context – The whole of the NT was written by people who practiced church in the home, wrote to people who did church in the home, and therefore can best be understood by practicing church as they did, as they taught in their writings, and in the close relationships resulting from church in the home.
The larger truth is Christ in you. You see, all the writers of our New Testament had at one time worshipped in a temple – a building built for God – and God lived there too!
There was a time for the temple. But that all changed when God moved out of a building and into man, so it is natural to gather as individual temples in homes, as God invented the home and family. Man invented the auditorium. (I Cor 3:16, 6:19, Col 1:27)
I can save you from alot of error in what you believe…
Think of the reality of having Christ living in you. What does it mean, that you are a temple of God? I will share first the Temple thinking, then a few verses of New Testament reality revolving around Christ in us.
If you really want to walk close with God, know that He doesn’t flow with error, He only moves in New Testament truths. You’ll have to lay aside cherished beliefs if they are not in Him.
Prepare for a sacred cow barbeque please. The following New Testament truths are brought to you by understanding Christ lives in us, that we are the temples of God. It is the understanding the writers of the New Testament continually wrote about, and practiced in homes with other temples of God.
Temple mentality: ‘Pray that God will open a portal’. ‘Pray for an open heaven’. The ’3rd heaven’ teaching.
Temple thinking thinks God is far away in heaven. Temple thinking thinks the devil stands between us and God. Temple thinking tries to add to what Christ did on the cross by formulas and efforts of the flesh. Temple thinking does things in the hope those things will motivate God to move on their behalf.
NT Truth: The righteousness of faith talks like this: Don’t say in your heart who will ascend into heaven to bring Christ down, or Who (Christ) shall descend – as if to bring Christ back from the dead again? But what does it say? The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. (Romans 10:6-8)
Therefore being justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access into this grace in which we stand. But because of His great love for us, God (the Father), who is rich in mercy…has raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heaven in Christ Jesus. (Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 1: 3; 2:4-6)
He is in us 24/7 and we live in a continual state of oneness with our Father by His Holy Spirit. It’s like my wife and I sitting in the same room – we are in each other’s presence. When we initiate a conversation, that conversation is merely a continuation of being in each other’s presence and fellowship. We are already in Him, He in us. It is NOT like me in one room and my wife in another, and a conversation THEN brings us together – NO! The Father is 24/7 in my spirit, and prayer is merely a continuation of being in each other’s presence. You don’t need to go up, or bring Him down – Too late! He lives in you!
This is where I commune with the Father and Lord and Holy Spirit, in my spirit – I feel the presence of God within, 24/7, and walk in fellowship THERE. When I pray, I look inside to see how He reacts, what He thinks – that’s where I tune my ‘listener’ – NOT outside me or up. That is NT truth and NT reality.
Temple mentality: The ‘we have to take heaven by force’ teaching. The ‘we must fast and groan and yell as loud as we can to show God we are sincere’ teaching. The ‘we must call down revival’ teaching.
NT Truth: Fear not little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Don’t you know you are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God lives in you? He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit. What? Don’t you know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in you, which you have from God, and you are not your own? (Luke 12:32, I Corinthians 3:16, 6:17, 19)
Jesus’ statement in Matthew 11:12 to those listening at that time: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force”, is in reference to the fact John preached repentance but could not offer the grace of salvation.
John, being 6 months older than Jesus and a Levite, would have started his ministry at age 30 in accordance with the law. Jesus started 6 months later when he turned 30 as well. (Numbers 4:3, 35; Luke 1:36, 3:23)
In those 6 months before Jesus began His ministry, John preached repentance to a people who could not be born again – they could repent, but that was all. Imagine you repenting for your sins back when you were born again – but you couldn’t be born again. In John’s time, they cried out, wore rough clothes, ate simple food, fasted, corrected sins against others as proof – to show God they were serious in their repentance.
But when Jesus came He offered grace; “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” From the days of John the Baptist until Jesus started His ministry, the kingdom suffered violence and the violent in their repentance, took it by force. New Testament reality says Christ lives in us, we are seated in the heavenly’s with Christ, and we have been given all spiritual blessings in heaven. Christ is in you now – you’ve got the kingdom.
You can’t take by violence that which you already possess. That is NT truth and reality.
Next week I’ll continue the BBQ, comparing cherished modern fad teachings with the realities of the New Testament. You see, it isn’t just church in the house, but God in YOUR house – your spirit, your soul, your body, that I am all about and this ministry is all about. I don’t take delight in the BBQ, but I am very serious about making disciples in the way Jesus and the NT writers presecribed.
Dear friends of ours offered a solution about why she had such a difficult time ‘getting’ church in the house (and by extension Christ in you). The Lord told her ‘You’ve left one wall standing’. To her, it was a reference to her thoughts being like remodeling a home, where you leave the strongest, load bearing wall standing, but can knock down and rearrange all the other walls.
In her efforts to grasp New Testament realities, she had always left one strong wall standing in her mind. It wasn’t until she completely unlearned what she thought she knew by learning the realities of what the New Testament actually says, that she ‘got it’.
How many walls do you still have standing?