Don't Go To Heaven Empty Handed
1 Kings 1
I want to speak to you tonight on this subject, don't go to heaven empty handed. I'd like for you to find in your bibles please First Corinthians the third chapter, First Corinthians the third chapter and we'll commence our reading in verse nine. Jim, the music tonight was especially good and I appreciated an appreciate your spirit filled solo. First Corinthians chapter three, verse nine, for we are laborers together with God , ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's buildings. According to the grace of God which is given to me as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereon, for other foundation can no man lay than that is laid which is Jesus Christ.
If any man buildeth upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest, for the day shall declare because it shall be revealed by fire and the fire shall test or try 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 work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved yet so as by fire.
There are many figures for the bible or for the church rather. The church is described in the bible as a bride, the church is also described in the bible as a body, but here in this passage of scripture Paul uses the figure of a building and he says ye are God's buildings, all of us together are a building or a temple of God and God wants to inhabit his people. Not only does God want to live in us individually, but God wants to live in us corporately. Where two or three are gathered there he is in his midst and so we are the temple of God. I hope you'll understand that. In the Old Testament God had a temple for his people, in the new testament God had a people for his temple. We are the building of God, we are God's temple ...
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