Sermon by Ps. John Pocock (Snr. Pastor at Victory Church). Dated: 30 April 2006 Titled: DO YOU NOT KNOW? DO YOU NOT KNOW? th Sunday 30 April 2006 – Victory Church 9.30am Service John W. Pocock – (Senior Pastor) 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19 (NASB) Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honour God with your body. BACKGROUND: God desires us to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. God birthed in the heart of David to build a ‘Permanent House’ for Him, called the temple. This would be the meeting place between God and man, and a final resting place for the Ark of the Covenant. Because blood was on the hands of David, the responsibility passed to his son Solomon. Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. (2 Chronicles 3:1 NASB) The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to it’s place in the inner Sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place…… (2 Chronicles 5:7 NASB) Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their services because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13 NASB) The temple was the interface between God and man. It was the centre of their worship, where they would hold their celebrations such as the Feast of Tabernacles, Purim and Passover for hundreds of years. The Temple was central when Jesus was in Jerusalem, He taught and healed many within the courts. He prophesised ahead to AD 70 when Titus marched on Jerusalem and totally destroyed the temple to nothing but rubble. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” ( Matthew 24:1 NASB) After the Ascension, the Apostles were continually in the temple (Lk. 24:53). It was where the Holy Spirit fell on them at Pentecost and where Peter preached to 3000 people who received salvation. The temple was very central in their spiritual acts of worship, service and celebration . The destruction of the temple had an enormous effect on Biblical writings. Pauline writings which started with 1 Thessalonians encouraged believers who became concerned to the delayed ‘parousia,’ so he encouraged that those who died would arise before those still alive, and all would meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) Page Two Temple Jesus birth / Jesus Ministry destroyed I______________________I_______________________I___I___________________I 0AD Jesus 33AD Paul 60AD 70AD Gospels 90 Biblical writings >>>>> 1 Thess. 1&2 Tim. Mark/Matt./Luke John No Biblical texts or scrolls were accepted as authentic and God breathed after AD90. What qualified Biblical Texts as God breathed was they had to have been written with Apostolic witness. THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. I have included this brief outline to help many that are intrigued by the recent discovery of the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. This gospel was written after 300AD, therefore it was immediately not accepted within the Canon of Scripture. Thousands of scrolls and papyrus sheets were written at this time, many have helped historical studies, many heresies have their origin at this time. This recent scroll smacks to support the Gnostic heresy that contradict biblical teaching about the Holy Spirit, Human spirit and flesh. It contradicts many biblical doctrines therefore the metanarrative is rejected as genuine scholarship. Both Paul and Luke now bring an emphasis on God’s new temple. God’s old temple lay in ruins, God has chosen a new temple for His Spirit to reside / live in. Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16,17 NASB) As I have intimated before, we are ‘the walking, talking, loving, serving, witnessing, worshipping - temples of God. Just as the glory filled the old, God wants His glory to fill the new. As believers it is good for us all to go from faith to faith, from glory to glory. When our lives become glorious for God, he alone receives all the glory and honour. ‘For God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.’ (vs17) There are three types of spirit: - human spirits, evil spirits and God’s Spirit. At the point of genuine salvation through Jesus, God’s Spirit comes into us and we become ‘born again’. The Holy Spirit takes up residence. The Spirit is HOLY. If the abiding Spirit that lives in us is Holy, then the outworking of our lives must be sacred in nature. Sacred living is what pleases God. If we sin, we hurt the Spirit in us, we feel bad, this is good, (not the sin) but the burning in our soul to ask for forgiveness. There is no sin that God will not forgive! The greatest sin is rejecting God’s gift of redemption. If your heart is doing summersaults right now, and you hear God calling your name, don’t resist, let God come in today and you become His child. Amen.