I am led to do this study on the only reading I received this morning. It was 2 Thessalonians 2. I pray the Holy Spirit reveals truth to you. In Jesus name. Amen.
Let's look at 1 Corinthians 15:46 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The above verse will be very important to remember as we go through this study. Let's move on.
In another study I was led to do Jesus was speaking to the Jews about the physical temple. Here in John we see Jesus is speaking of His physical body. John 2:18-2118 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
Jesus spoke to His disciples on the Mount of Olives and He said to them, Mark 13:1,2
13 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
At this time we see Jesus was speaking about a literal Temple. This temple was a beautiful physical temple with lovely stones and magnificent buildings. This physical temple tookforty six years to build.
Let's continue.. We also know that we too are the temple of the living God. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 2019 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?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
So we see in the verses above that Jesus spoke of His body as being a temple. We later see that we too are a temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen?!!?
What does this mean? Individual followers of Jesus are also the living temple.
Moving on to my reading this morning. 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Remembering this verse:1 Corinthians 15:46 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first temple Jesus spoke of would be destroyed. This was a physical temple. The second temple would be Jesus' spiritual body. Amen?!!?
Let's go to Matthew 24: 33 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Jesus was asked about the destruction of the temple, the sign of His coming and the end of the world (Jewish age). Matthew 24: 15,1615 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
This was during the disciples time. When they saw what Jesus had warned them about they were to flee to the mountains of Judea.
Let's look at 1 peter 2:5 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
We being symbolic stones are built into a “spiritual house” - a spiritual temple made of spiritual stones! God’s people are the spiritual stones that form the spiritual temple. Amen??!
Jesus called Simon a "stone." John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
Again we read about the "stones" Luke 19:4040 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
God has His " spiritual stones" that make up the spiritual temple. Amen?!?!
I will add more as led.
In Jesus name with love,