Common #2

Every person of earth is someone special to God, so special that God honored us all by sending His Son to die for our sin and transgressions, sanctifying all humanity unto Himself through the blood of Jesus, because of His incredible love for us.  His love and the sacrifice He made for us is far from common, yet humanity as well as many Christians unknowingly treat one another,  by their words and deeds, with little or no respect for the honor that God has regarded all humanity.  2 Cor 5:16 – Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. (Amplified Bible) The Amplified Bible describes how we are to know one another, not  from a human point of view in terms of standards of value regarding evil or even good.  But we are to know one another as we are known by God as someone special and honorable, not because of anything we have done but what God did through Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 3:16-17  – Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17) If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.  The Greek word for temple refers to the inner court of the tabernacle of the meeting.  This was a most holy place to be honored by all that entered into it to serve God.  Every Christian is special and holy onto God and should have respect for the the temple of God  placed in us as well as the Holy Spirit to help us in the service of this temple.  Rom 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  What an honor it is to have God place His temple in us and give us the Holy Spirit, teaching us to be a holy priesthood, serving a living God and offering our lives as a living sacrifice unto Him, thus perfecting His incredible work in us.  This is far from common, and really extraordinary, not a work of man, but a laboring in the spirit.  Here is the danger!  If we treat what God has cleansed as common in regards to other Christians or  lost souls in the world we defile the temple within and dishonor God and call His sanctifying work through the blood of Jesus unclean in us and others.  If we defile Him He will also defile us. The Greek word for defile/destroy in 1 Cor 3:17 means to cause to pine, waste away, decay, shrivel, spoil or to ruin.  The word, thus Jesus, is saying here that if we  dishonor, by defilement, the temple within us, by  treating it as something common He will defile us and cause our life to waste away until repentance comes bringing His favor and grace to restore us back to Him.  What we must also considered is that If we, by our words and actions, dishonor the substitutionary work of the Cross of Christ in anothers life and treat this work as common we defile the work that is progressing in our own life, thus defiling the temple within us.

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