Temple “No foreigner is to enter within the balustrade and embankment around the sanctuary. Whoever is caught “No foreigner is to enter within the balustrade and embankment around the sanctuary. Whoever is caught will have himself to blame for his death which follows.” will have himself to blame for his death which follows.” Acts 21:27-31 (NASB) “When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, "Men of Israel, come to our aid! This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place." For they had previously seen Trophimus the Acts 21:27-31 (cont.) Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. Then all the city was provoked, and the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut. While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the commander of the Roman cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. “Gentiles” = eqnos Ethnos Nations, gentiles, from which we get ethnic “Circumcision” = peritomhs Pertomes “To Cut” + “Around” = To circumcise “Uncircumcised” = akrobustia Akrobustia “The end, extreme” + “to cover” A term of contempt that literally means “foreskins” Philippians 3:4-5 (NASB) “although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; They were… •Separate from Christ (Messiah) •Shut off from the commonwealth of Israel • Strangers to the covenant of promise • Sans hope • Sans God (aqeos , atheos) Ruth 1:16b (NASB) “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.” Christ-followers must always remember what it was like before they became believers. .. In one word describe what is was like before you were a believer: Hebrews 9:22 (NASB) “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” “Peace” = eirene Eirene Peace, not just lack of hostility, but harmony, mutual acceptance and friendship Matthew 5:17 (NASB) “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” “Abolish” = katarghsas Katargesas “down” + “inactive” = reduce activity, make inoperative “Reconcile” = apokatallasse Apokatallasso “From, intensify prefix” + “to change, exchange” = To change, harmonize completely “The word “reconciliation” was widely used in the Greek-speaking world to describe the restoration of a relationship after some kind of a rupture through hostility or displeasure. God has not only brought about the possibility of a close “The word “reconciliation” was widely used in the Greek-speaking world to describe the restoration of a relationship after some kind of a rupture through hostility or displeasure. God has not only brought about the possibility of a close relationship with Himself, but between two groups formerly at enmity with one another. The does not take place in society at large, but within the church.” Clinton Arnold relationship with Himself, but between two groups formerly at enmity with one another. The does not take place in society at large, but within the church.” Clinton Arnold Acts 1:1 (NASB) “The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,” Christ-Followers Are: • Kingdom Citizens - Rights Philippians 3:20-21 (NASB) “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” Christ-Followers Are: • Kingdom Citizens - Rights • Family Members - Relationships • Temple Stones Christ-Followers Are: • Kingdom Citizens - Rights • Family Members - Relationships • Temple Stones - Responsibilities I Peter 2:4-5 (NASB) “And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” “temple” = 1. ἱερόν hiĕrŏn a sacred place, the entire precincts or = 2. ναός naŏs a shrine, temple, with an emphasis on the central sanctuary (Holy of Holies) Ephesians 2:14, 15, 17 (NASB) ‘For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall’ …’so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace’ …’And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near’ Romans 14:19 (NASB) “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” Christ-followers must practice harmonious peace with each other because Jesus has removed all the hostile barriers. Prejudice = Pre + Judging ..
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