feast: Privileges of the Temple of God
Martin G. Collins
Given 18-Oct-11; Sermon #FT11-10; 72 minutes
Martin Collins, acknowledging that the Feast of Tabernacles pictures Jesus Christ's role as King of kings, points out that Jesus Christ is still under the authority of God the Father, the Father of all of us. Paul uses many metaphors to illustrate our relationship to God the Father: citizens of the Kingdom, household, and building. The common denominator of all of Paul's metaphors is unity, membership, and merger of parts. The static framework model of a building is actually a closer, more interrelated, interconnected structure than the self-moving analogues of the family or citizen. In this metaphor, Paul tried to discourage the fracturing into cliques or factions, but to bond together as living stones within the metaphorical building. The Church is a building which has been constructed from the foundation of the world, fashioned incrementally stone by stone, layer by layer, generation by generation, member-by-member. This edifice cannot be corrupted by materials promoting syncretistic merger of pagan and worldly elements, but must be crafted exclusively by God Almighty, personally selecting every piece, from the prophets, apostles, and Jesus Christ, the Corner Stone, to the lively stones, consisting of God's called-out ones. We need to carefully examine what construction materials we bring to the site, or the care we use to construct the edifice. We need to construct with care in order that it might stand up under fiery tests, enabling it to last for eternity. We must be related to the Chief Corner Stone and to one another, skillfully and painstakingly fitted together by the Master Builder or the Master Architect.
Binding together Building on a foundation Builder metaphor Building Chief cornerstone Choice Citizens of God's kingdom Christ as cornerstone Christ as foundation Cliques Correspondence to various parts Dividing, dividing, dividing Doctrine Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:16; 5:32 Family metaphor Farmer metaphor I Corinthians 1:12-13; 3:8-17; 6:19-20 I Peter 2:5 I Timothy 3:15 Fitted together Fitly framed Fittingly framed Framework metaphor Galatians 2:20 Globalist plan Glorious edifice God is a Father God's building God's field Harmoniously fitted together Hebrews 12:6 Helper Holy priesthood Holy temple International brethren Interfaith centers Irregularities Irish Protestants and Catholics Isaiah 28:16 James Beaubelle John 14:18-21; 16: 7 Joint King of kings Living building Living stones Matthew 16:13-18 Mechanical picture Members of God's family Mixing metaphors Odd angles and corners Organic metaphor Parts of a building Passively moral Paul as a master builder Peter the stone Peter's appraisal of Paul's writings Process Quarry Ronny Graham Rough-hewn stones II Corinthians 6:14-15 Shaping and chiseling Solidarity Stones in building Tares and wheat Temple as metaphor Temple of God Testing by fire Vital building Wood, hay, stubble Work tried by fire
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