In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
It appears false teachers among the Corinthians taught unholy doctrines. Such teaching tended to corrupt, to pollute, and destroy the building, which should be kept pure and holy for God. Those who spread loose principles, which render the church of God unholy, bring destruction upon themselves. Christ by his Spirit dwells in all true believers.
Christians are holy by profession, and should be pure and clean, both in heart and conversation. He is deceived who deems himself the temple of the Holy Ghost, yet is unconcerned about personal holiness, or the peace and purity of the church.
The church is compared to a city, and every converted sinner is free of it. It is also compared to a house, and every converted sinner is one of the family; a servant, and a child in God’s house. The church is also compared to a building, founded on the doctrine of Christ; delivered by the prophets of the Old Testament, and the apostles of the New.
God dwells in all believers now; they become the temple of God through the working of the blessed Spirit. Let us then ask if our hopes are fixed on Christ, according to the doctrine of his word? Have we devoted ourselves as holy temples to God through him? Are we habitations of God by the Spirit, are we spiritually-minded, and do we bring forth the fruits of the Spirit?
Let us take heed not to grieve the holy Comforter. Let us desire his gracious presence, and his influences upon our hearts. Let us seek to discharge the duties allotted to us, to the glory of God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is very merciful to us miserable sinners; and he has a fulness of grace. But even the best of God’s servants, in this life, have only a taste of the consolations of God. Christ is called a Stone, to teach his servants that he is their protection and security, the foundation on which they are built.
He is precious in the excellence of his nature, the dignity of his office, and the glory of his services. All true believers are a holy priesthood; sacred to God, serviceable to others, endowed with heavenly gifts and graces. But the most spiritual sacrifices of the best in prayer and praise are not acceptable, except through Jesus Christ. Christ is the chief Corner-stone, that unites the whole number of believers into one everlasting temple, and bears the weight of the whole fabric. Elected, or chosen, for a foundation that is everlasting. Precious beyond compare, by all that can give worth. To be built on Christ means, to believe in him; but in this many deceive themselves, they consider not what it is, nor the necessity of it, to partake of the salvation he has wrought. Though the frame of the world were falling to pieces, that man who is built on this foundation may hear it without fear. He shall not be confounded. The believing soul makes haste to Christ, but it never finds cause to hasten from him. All true Christians are a chosen generation; they make one family, a people distinct from the world: of another spirit, principle, and practice; which they could never be, if they were not chosen in Christ to be such, and sanctified by his Spirit. Their first state is a state of gross darkness, but they are called out of darkness into a state of joy, pleasure, and prosperity; that they should show forth the praises of the Lord by their profession of his truth, and their good conduct. How vast their obligations to Him who has made them his people, and has shown mercy to them!
To be without this mercy is a woeful state, though a man have all worldly enjoyments. And there is nothing that so kindly works repentance, as right thoughts of the mercy and love of God. Let us not dare to abuse and affront the free grace of God, if we mean to be saved by it; but let all who would be found among those who obtain mercy, walk as his people. I would again ask how can you state and demonstrate being distinct from the world if you’re still attached to the world’s wisdom medically and pharmaceutically?
There is one point I desire to make the Assembly aware of. “If we are as stated in the following: All true Christians are a chosen generation; they make one family, a people distinct from the world: of another spirit, principle, and practice; which they could never be, if they were not chosen in Christ to be such, and sanctified by his Spirit. My question to ponder, if we are to be seen as distinct from the world; then why do we rely on the world’s wisdom to deal with our physical maladies? Does that not make us the same as those in the world who rely on physicians and pharmacists? Because they know not or can believe God is the “Great Physician!” So in that statement we identify how our walk makes us distinct from the world.
I do not see how those walking this path attesting to be a believer in Yeshua and his teachings, can attest they are distinct from the world, while still attached and depending on it’s wisdoms? Have we not been warned; Let us not dare to abuse and affront the free grace of God, if we mean to be saved by it; but let all who would be found among those who obtain mercy, walk as his people.
I would take that warning seriously and consider it a call to demonstrate God’s Love and Grace, and that He keeps His promises, through my demonstration of the work done in my temple.
Many will question how do I change, how do I break free from Satan’s lies and captivity. You are asking me to commit suicide!
What I am bringing forward is the Lord’s call for His children to come back to him and abide with him through your faith.
Remove the lies and fears binding you and causing you to turn your back on Yeshua.
Gather courage to deal with your position and come before the Lord with a repentant heart a humble spirit and submitted soul asking for cleansing deliverance, healing of the spirit soul and body, and restoration of your temple as a distinct believer.
The following would place us before the throne in good stead as a distinct believer. Faith works by, and must be seen in love, of God for himself, and of men for God’s sake. Aged persons are apt to be peevish and fretful; therefore need to be on their guard.
Though there is not express Scripture for every word, or look, yet there are general rules, according to which all must be ordered. Young women must be sober and discreet; for many expose themselves to fatal temptations by what at first might be only want of discretion. The reason is added, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Failures in duties greatly reproach Christianity.
Young men are apt to be eager and thoughtless, therefore must be earnestly called upon to be sober-minded: there are more young people ruined by pride than by any other sin. Every godly man’s endeavour must be to stop the mouths of adversaries. Let your own conscience answer for your uprightness. What a glory is it for a Christian, when that mouth which would fain open itself against him, cannot find any evil in him to speak of! They would find an individual different from them and an individual distinct from the world in all aspects of their walk.