Spring Cleaning in the House of God!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 21: 12-16
October 31. 2010
1) The House of God Polluted!
A) The Business that was Dishonest
B) The Behavior that was Disgraceful
2) The House of God Purged!
A) He Threw It Out
B) He Turned It Over
C) He Tidied It Up
3) The House of God Perfected!
A) A Place of Prayer
B) A Place of Power
C) A Place of Praise
I recently read of a woman at home doing some cleaning when the telephone rang. In going to answer it, she tripped on a scatter rug and, grabbing for something to hold onto, seized the telephone table. It fell over with a crash, jarring receiver off the hook. As it fell, it hit the family dog, who leaped up, howling and barking. The woman's three-year-old son, startled by this noise, broke into loud screams. The woman mumbled some colorful words. She finally managed to pick up the receiver and lift it to her ear, just in time to hear her husband's voice on the other end say, "Nobody's said hello yet, but I'm positive I have the right number."
I don't know if you have ever considered cleaning house from a spiritual standpoint, but the truth of the matter is that, from time to time, God cleans house as well. In fact, as you think through Bible history, you will discover that there are 4 houses that God has lived in, and cleaned.
The first house of God was a primary house. The primary house was Adam, a product of God's creation. This was God's first house, and God lived in this house until sin separated man from God, and then God moved out.
God's next house was a pattern house, which was the Temple. The temple consisted of 3 main parts: the outer court, which represents man's body; the inner court, which represents man's spirit; and, the Holy of Holies, which represents man's soul. The Temple, God's pattern house, was the place God chose to dwell among His people for many years. However, this house, too, became defiled then destroyed, and God moved out.
The next house of God was a perfect house, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of Himself as a "temple" in John 2, and it was in Christ that God revealed Himself to man. However, at the Cross, sin rested upon this house when God laid upon Him the "iniquity of us all."
Thus, because God cannot live in a dirty house, God moved out of this house and Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" As a result, there alone, Jesus suffered, bled and died for our sins, because God moved out.
The fourth and final house of God is a permanent house. His permanent house is the Christian, the believer who has been saved by the grace of God.
At one time God had a temple for His people, He now has a people for His temple!
If you are a Christian, at this very moment, God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, inhabits and indwells you.
(1 Cor. 6: 19)
"The temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and you are not your own, for ye are bought with a price."
With His prim ...
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