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Day Thirty Three

1 Corinthians 3:16 (ESV)
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
This passage speaks of the foundation of faith and life, the holiness of God within us and the testing by fire. The church can get so distracted with things other than Christ, participating not in the kingdom of God, but rather in the building a kingdom of self-interest and self-gain. Paul points out those things burn away, but the true foundation of Christ stands for eternity.
As Christians we are the walking, talking, breathing temple of God wherever we are. Not because of our holy living, but rather because of the holiness of God’s Spirit within us calling us to a life of faith and love.
If John 3:16 was all we had as a church, we could still stand! Luther writes about this verse, “In vivid and significant words the evangelist briefly sketches this grace and gift in Christ, that he may magnify it and portray minutely all concerned — the giver, the recipient, the gift, its fruits and benefits. All is so eloquently great that it is indescribable, and it is difficult to believe only because of its very greatness.”[1]
What are some things the church gets involved in which have nothing to do with the Gospel?
What is your life built on? Will it withstand the “fires?”
Before the sermon is preached, pray for God to open your heart to the truth and power of the Gospel.