Facing the Fire
I Corinthians 3:11
Would you turn please to First Corinthians chapter three? As you know we have been preaching through the book of First Corinthians not verse by verse, but selected passages highlights in First Corinthians and today we come to the passage found in First Corinthians chapter three beginning in verse eleven. A message that we're going to entitle, FACING THE FIRE, FACING THE FIRE. ''For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest, for the day shall declare it because it shall be revealed by fire; an the fire shall test every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon he shall receive a reward. If any man's works shall be burned he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved; yet as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you.'' Look again at that last verse. ''Know ye not that ye are the temple of God.'' Folks, do you want to see God's temple? Look around, not this building. This is the meeting house. You are the temple of God. God lives in you. God dwells in you in the Old Testament God had a temple for his people. In the New Testament God has a people for his temple. God lives in us through his holy spirit; we are the temple of God.
Now, the foundation of that temple is Jesus Christ. Look in verse eleven. ''For other foundations can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.'' You see, the church is built upon Jesus Christ. He is the sure foundation. Some people tell us that the church is built upon Simon Peter. For Jesus said to Peter, thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church. But Jesus was not saying that he was going to build the church upon Simon Peter. I FOR One am glad that the church is not built upon Simon Peter, fo ...
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