Bible Ballistics: You Can’t Do That In My House!!! Vol. 6#09
I want us to consider a rather lengthy passage today, as we contemplate who we are in Jesus Christ. Whose house are you? We who are followers of Jesus, who have been born again, are the “temple” of God—what are we doing in and with God’s dwelling? We must understand that we are the temple or house of God. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Cor. 3:16
With all the confusion going on in our world, many Christians seem to be forgetting that we are called to “march to a different drummer”. Yet many are getting caught up in the contentions and callousness of the world’s arguments. I believe we are called to be salt and light in our world of corruption and darkness, but we are to do it with integrity and conformity to the Word of God. We are compelled to be good citizens, and as such we are to speak and participate in the American democratic processes, but never with means that disagree with our calling as children of God, or His Word.
Let’s look at 1 Peter 2:1-17 and use our diagraming format to understand and take to heart what Peter has to tell us about living for Jesus.
“Wherefore laying aside
and all guile,
and all evil speakings,”
We are to put aside the mean spirit and tongue of the world.
“2 As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:”
Coming to Jesus, we come as “babes” in Christ, and then are to grow by feasting on God’s Word—the “milk of the word” going on to maturity, “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14
“3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
“If” we are truly ‘born again’, God has “begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” (Chapter 1:3), we have new life In Jesus and are called and enabled to live as HIS own.
“4 To whom coming,
as unto a living stone,
disallowed indeed of men,
but chosen of God,
We have life through the redeeming blood of Jesus—rejected by the world, but precious to God and to we who are His! His call to us:
“5 Ye also, as lively stones,
are built up a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
We are called by God, through the atonement of Jesus, to extend the hope of Jesus’ atoning death on the cross to the world, because HE is the only way.
“6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone,
and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”
Jesus is our ‘corner stone’, and we can rest in Him—on a foundation sure and reliable.
“7 Unto you therefore which believe
he is precious:
but unto them which be disobedient,
the stone which the builders disallowed,
the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offence,
even to them which stumble at the word,
whereunto also they were appointed.”
There is a choice—everyone will make a choice to believe and know Jesus, or to disobey God and reject Him. Those who disobey will find the ‘rock of salvation’ to be a horrible offence. We need to realize that if men will reject the Lord Jesus Himself, they will reject those who follow Him.
“9 But ye are
a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood,
an holy nation,
a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth
the praises of him who hath called you
out of darkness
into his marvellous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people,
but are now the people of God:
which had not obtained mercy,
but now have obtained mercy.”
We are His to show forth God’s work to the world, a world that is continually denying HIM. Because we were not a people, but are now the ‘people of God’! But there is more.
“11 Dearly beloved,
I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims,
abstain from fleshly lusts,
which war against the soul;”
We are to live—walk and talk– as strangers and pilgrims in this world, and not get caught up in the entanglements and lusts of the flesh. As Paul called Timothy to remember: “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4
“12 Having your conversation honest
among the Gentiles:
that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers,
they may by your good works,
which they shall behold,
glorify God in the day of visitation.”
Our ‘conversation’, or lifestyle, is to be honest, so honest that the world who accuses and mistreats us for doing right and serving our Lord, will see and give glory to our God, even if it’s only in the day of His return, because there is a day coming— “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” A day of judgment is coming—have you bowed? You will bow—to Him as Savior and Lord now, and receive His Salvation, or then before HIM who will be your judge. So if we are His, we are called to live for Jesus in all things:
“13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man
for the Lord’s sake:
whether it be to the king,
14 Or unto governors,
as unto them that are sent by him
for the punishment of evildoers,
and for the praise of them that do well.”
We are to be obedient citizens, submitting to the authorities over us, unless we are directly commanded to disobey God. As Peter and the other disciples declared to the religious leaders in Acts 5:29, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” They didn’t disobey to be rebellious or in retribution for their own mistreatment, but because they had been commanded NOT do what Jesus had commanded them to do (or vice versa) — share the truth of the Gospel of Jesus everywhere! What are we doing for Jesus? Are we standing fast? In the right?
“15 For so is the will of God,
that with well doing
ye may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free,
and not using your liberty
for a cloke of maliciousness,
but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men.
Love the brotherhood.
Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:1-17
I know some will disagree, and are asking how can we “honor” those who are doing such wicked things, but this is exactly what God calls us to do. We are not to honor or support the wrong but we are to give honor to the office as sent by God, who is the establisher of all government. We are to obey God and acknowledge Him and His Word. We can do what He calls us to do, because God empowers us.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me…….. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:17 & 19
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Who is building your house? Has the Lord built your house? If He has, then you can do all through Him. We can do all things in a way that honors the Lord who dwells within us. You can do that in HIS house? That’s the question we all need to ask, and our lives will display the answer! Remember, if you belong to Jesus, then you are HIS house!!!
“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God…” Jeremiah 32:38a