(Part 2 of 2)
Hebrews 10:10-18 reads, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin” (KJV). Today, many worshippers live with a troubled conscience and this is seen in their coming to the altar to “be born again all over again.” They have no evidence that they are born again.
Acts 19:35… “And when the town clerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?” (KJV) The word “worshipper” as used here refers to “the temple keeper” or a temple servant; that is, one entrusted with a charge to kept the temple pure. The office of keeping the temple was regarded as an office of honor and dignity. “Temple keepers” or worshippers were responsible to guard the goddess Diana. A worshipper (temple keeper) had to keep their gods in order. There is a lesson to be learned here, a principle of truth to follow. The Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 reads, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” In other words, a worshipper in the New Testament is a temple keeper. The New Testament worshipper has the responsibility to keep their hearts clean and pure before the Lord. Just as the temple keepers knew their goddess in Ephesus, so also the Christian must know who resides in their hearts. God resides there in the person of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, it was the Levites who kept the temple clean. They had to be holy, without spot. We are the temples of God, and we must worship God in spirit and in truth. I am sure the temple keepers in Ephesus knew what their goddess stood for. Do we as believers today know who God is and what He represents and stands for?
It is the word “worshipper” in Acts 19:35 that I am concerned with in this short lesson. Many today sing and shout and praise God with uplifted hands. They are filled with the joy of the Lord but have all kinds of evil residing in their lives. Paul writes, “Flee fornication”; i.e., get rid of the mixture that is in your heart. Quit defiling the temple of God. Quit defiling your own life. Worship in spirit and in truth.
Pastor George Belobaba
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