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      • Psalm 105:1–4NIV2011

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    It has been two weeks but we are back in 1 Corinthians chapter 3. Today, we are at the last part of this section, and here Paul concludes his argument up to this point. Before we start that, let us remember everything that Paul has been saying up to this point.
    We started with this verse.
    1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV
    18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
    Paul makes the point, that there are two very distinct messages, Wisdom from the world or wisdom from God. There are people who speak the wisdom of the world and others who speaks wisdom from God-namely the Gospel.
    Wisdom from God looks different.
    It changes people they become born again
    It causes them to live by the spirit
    People with this wisdom
    Are different
    No divisions
    Belong to God
    Belonging to God means something, you are God’s field, or God’s Building
    Building God’s Building
    Not with wisdom
    Not with money
    Not cheaply either
    Transition
    Whew! RIght! That is a bunch of stuff, now with all that mind Paul gives his final directive or instruction and warning as he concludes this section.
    1 Corinthians 3:16–23 NIV
    16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
    As we go to this text in Corinthians we need to talk a bit about social structure.
    Throughout history people have divided into tribes, or clans. or some other type of group. There are all kinds of helpful reasons for this, like safety and security, strength in numbers, type of things,...survival. And also for social reasons like acceptance, emotional support and stability and even geographic reasons. The most basic tribe you are a first a part of is of course the family unit, then there is your extended family, your town or your community. You get the idea right?
    Our dependence on these various tribes changes over time and what interests we hold. Sometimes we do not have a choice, we are born into a tribe or clan. Other times we have other groups that we are a part of that we choose because we share the same interests.
    For example, your family is your primary tribe. You are born into it, and you need this tribe to survive, for things like food and shelter and clothes. The family will do anything for your survival right? You also have an extended family, that you visit occasionally, like every week and for special occasions. Now, that group also has your back, they are blood or close to blood. By birth in this tribe you share commonality, but some opions may be different, yet you are still part of the family in spite of that.
    You are also part of other “tribes”. Your work friends, your bowling team, or your softball team. Now you came into those groups because you chose to, because of a common interest. You don’t share all of the same interests, some may have different political beliefs or religions, but you share some. In some ways “have your back” they may listen to your problems, but probably not to the extent of your family.
    Now, wether you are aware of it or not, we are all always seeking a tribe. We are trying to belong. It happens all the time sometimes even over brand loyalty right? For instance there are Ford guys and Chevy guys. We just seek to belong. At this time of year everyone is seeking there political tribe, like democrats and republicans,
    The point is --we seek these things out, and if the tribe we find, is not what we thought it to be, or if it does not suit us we move on to another tribe. I liked this these guys, but then I found out we don’t agree on politics, so I needed to hang out with these guys. We move and change tribes as our prefrences change and varies
    Now, tribes that are formed over prefrences can be less rigid than say a tribe formed over blood like a family, a tribe formed over prefences often have people coming and going, at a whim. SO, some tribes have developed rituals, often called initiation rituals, to emphasize the importance and the belonging in order to stress that we cannot just go in and out, Of course we do not call these tribes we call them clubs. There are all kinds, Moose and Elk, or fraternities or sororities, or societies, or unions.
    Today people treat churches less like clubs and in more flexible tribal structure. They search for one that has the things they like, but if it is not there preference they move on to the next one.
    It was entirely different for the Corinthian church. The city of Corinth was huge, it had all types of people.It had rich people and poor people. There was entertainment a and corruption and drinking. It had a temple of pagan worship. It was a hub with a bustling economy and it also had a fairly significant jewish population as well. Now with all these different groups around them i this large city was this tiy church. The corinthians church according to scholars may have been as small as 40 people, but certainly no bigger than 150 in city of 90,000 or more. Think about that- That was it they were the only church They were a tiny tribe in a big city full of big tribes, all of which were immensely more attractive than this group.
    With all these other things going on around them, they needed to be aware that they had a unique identity. They had something the other tribes did not- Paul needed to communicate to them the commonality that held them together and apart from the other tribes, and Paul gives them that direction.
    1 Corinthians 3:16 NIV
    16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
    We talked about this once before let’s notice this use of the “you yourselves”. This our modern way of capturing the Greek plural you. Paul is addressing them as a group, there is a group mindset in the ancient people that we lack , in our individual focused society. It was more “tribal-
    So Paul says - you yourselves or You collectively---are God’s temple, and God’s spirit dwells…in…your…midst…He will later talk about the indwelling of the Spirit in the individual, but here he is talking about the group.
    Paul is telling this tiny tribe something really significant, and he is not talking about the building they met in. They probably met in peoples homes, for smaller groups, then perhaps in a rented dining hall or a garden, when the whole community came together. No he is not talking about a building He is calling the people the 40-to 100 people the TEMPLE OF GOD He is saying that GOD’s SPIRIT dwells in the midst of thier group.
    There are several points to be made here.
    Don’t you know
    The temple in Jerusalem.
    The Spirit of God
    The word for temple
    DOn’t you know.....
    The temple was
    huge
    WHere God lived.
    The Spirit of God was
    fire in the wildreness
    in the presence of the center of the tribe
    The word of temple used here refers to the “sanctuary
    Trans----
    SInce this is God’s temple-the people that is It is very sacred, As something that is sacred and of God, it should never be destroyed, this is whay church fights are so painful,
    1 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
    17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
    Remeber two weeks ago Paul talked earlier about someone who was succesful at “building God’s
    1 Corinthians 3:10–14 NIV
    10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.
    The succesful builder will recieve a reward, The unsucessful builder, is in the the next verse.
    1 Corinthians 3:15 NIV
    15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
    The unsuccesful builder will suffer loss, but wil be saved.
    Paul is talking about three tyoe of church leader in this section-one who builds well, one who builds poorly , and now the divider.
    1 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
    17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
    You together are God’s temple, so if anyone- NOT ANY LEADER SO this no longerpapplies only leaders anymore now this applies to ANYONE. IF anyone destroys or defiles God’s sacred sacred dwelling place among his people God will destroy that person.
    God will destroy that person is the harshest language Paul has used thus far. This is an extremely serious warning. Being destroyed by God is awful. How can this be? CAn we soimply toss this vrse away? Let’s look at this.
    Since this is God’s temple doing something so awful as destroying it will lead to an equally large consequence. Now, this of course causes us to wonder, does that mean that we can somehow lose our salvation?
    I don’t think that is what Paul is getting at all. Here is why, I keep calling us back to the passage in Galatiians that describes those who are born again or filled with the SPirit. It is the passage that describes the fruit of the Spirit. Remeber that passage Paul describes those characteristics of the SPirit and the characteristics of the flesh.
    Be read from Gal 5 this morning the passage of the fruit of the Spirit. Paul contrasts the characteristics of those who have the Spirit of God in them, and those that do not. AMong the group that are not Born again, those that DO NOT have the SPirit in them is dissens and factions- or divisions.
    SO those that casue dissensions or divisions are MOST likely those that are not Born again, and they of course are heading fro destruction… SO they are not losing what they never had
    Can this mean or does this mean that a believer will not destroy God’s temple or cause divisions? Is this possible? I think there is a difference. If a non-believer for instance is invilved in a Church this passage is a stern warning that a devisive spirit may result in thier destructyion, for the believer this warning is stern as well, but with a believers faith in Christ thier faith is not just in the past for past sins that have been paid for, but is faith in future sins and a faith in Christ sanctifying them throughout their walk. SO certainly a believer we would think would not intentiionally seek to destroy God’s church however, indavertantly in an unintentiaonl sinful spirit they may casue destruction, thier consience would call them Back to Christ, God;’s healing and restoring grace would prevail and the damage inflicted would by the grace of God not casue destruction of God’s temple. However the warnong remains.
    Then Paul calls the church back to this idea of God’s wisdom versus the world’s wisdom
    1 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
    18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.
    Paul is calling this tribe to stand out as being in ways different from the world they live in looking foolish to the world becasue of they are relying on Christ.
    1 Corinthians 3:19–20 NIV
    19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”
    He is calling the Corinthian believers to build the Church-God’s temple by the wisdom and currency of God, such as turning to God’s word for guidance, and prayer for help from the SPirit.
    1 Corinthians 3:21 NIV
    21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours,
    Paul has made his case, and he making it clear-No more boasting about Human leaders-God’s Church- Then he concludes by reminding the group that the things that belong to them are above all things are yours. If God has called the church together, If God will keep it from destruction, then you do not have to worry abou the things of the world.
    1 Corinthians 3:22 NIV
    22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,
    1 Corinthians 3:23 NIV
    23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
    And of COurse you Belong to God.
    COnclusion.
    Together we are drwan together by the Gospel.
    This makes us a tribe or a family born not of flesh and blood but born of water and the SPirit
    We are not socail club or one of many groups that we can go from group to group
    We now have a common father and are one as a family
    There is a way to build the community-Not with the currency of the world, but with prayer and scripture and dedication to God
    As children of God he Provides all things for us, life death present.
    In this tribe we belong to God. Just as Christ is God’s
      • 1 Corinthians 1:18NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:16–23NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:16NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:17NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:10–14NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:15NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:17NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:18NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:19–20NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:21NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:22NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 3:23NIV2011

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