“More than a Christian” #3

I Peter 2:5a > “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a SPIRITUAL HOUSE…”

God never called Israel a ‘spiritual house’. What does this mean? Is it possible God endured 4,000 years of humanity while steadily working his way towards a house he could call SPIRITUAL?

All those slaughtered cows, goats, and sheep were not spiritual? Can a cow’s blood pay the price for your sin? Can the blood of a sheep or goat? Are these not purely natural creations, not spiritual? Did not God have to give Israel every detail of a program for them to serve, and there was no free spiritual moving of the Holy Spirit? They did not have one original spiritual thought? Was not Jesus more than natural, but born of a virgin, lived above sin, and then shed his supernatural blood to save our souls? Do we see there was no spiritual house in Israel until the day God poured forth his Spirit and man began to be born again! A new creation never before existing upon the face of this earth!

God worked a plan for 4,000 years to achieve something he calls a spiritual house? Do we understand the magnitude of this achievement? Do you understand all the Prophets of old and the Priesthood of Levi was looking forward to this big event, even though they did not understand it? Looking forward to the day they would actually be a spiritual house? And actually offer up a true spiritual sacrifice? Every time another cow was slaughtered it was a picture of that which was to come, but had not yet!

AND NOW GOD SAYS WE ARE IT!

DO WE REALIZE THE PRICE AND VALUE OF WHAT WE ARE?

OR HAVE WE FAILED TO UNDERSTAND, JUST LIKE THE JEWS?

The House of Jacob sprang from the loins of Abraham, but Hebrews 11:10 tells us Abraham was looking for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God! Is this city only found in heaven? No, it is not, for there is a house growing, a spiritual house whose builder is Christ himself, and we are it!

WHAT IS MORE THAN A CHRISTIAN?

It is more than being a “good person”.  We are a spiritual house, able to offer up SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES. Not the blood of cows, goats, sheep, doves! After 4,000 years, was God on the edge of his throne, anxious for a people who could send up something other than a dead cow or goat? YOU BET HE WAS! AND STILL IS!

DO WE HAVE A VISION OF BEING JUST A GOOD PERSON, OR… ?

To be continued…

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