My Thoughts. . .
According to 1 Corinthians 3 and 6 God dwells within the saint. That is one of the big differences between one who is a saved sinner and another who is a non-saved or alien sinner. Sometimes we used phrases which are inherited from others rather than from scripture. Check out the following and determine whether scripture teaches it, or it originated from those who are the “others”? If you believe a statement is from scripture, document the passage that states it.
We often give our reason for going to the church building, is so we may “worship God.” That purpose sounds reasonable, even “scriptural.” Yet is it actually stated in the New Testament?
1). The church building is not equal to the Jewish Temple, requiring that one must go to that location to be in God’s presence (John 4:19-21)? True or False?
2). Scripture never restricts worship to a specific location, day, nor number present? True or False?
3). Most English translations of the New Testament never use the word “worship” showing it is the purpose for that Christian assembly? True or False?
4). Although God may be there when two or three believers come together, that passage does not imply that such numbers must exists for God to put in His appearance (Matthew 18:20)? True or False?
5). When one is added to the saved by God, God takes up His abode in that individual? True or False?
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? . . . for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NIV).
6). When God adds you to the saved, He cleans you up and continues to cleanse you so you may continue to be a “holy temple” or dwelling place for Him? True or False?
7). You do not have to travel anywhere nor cover any distance to be in God’s presence? He lives IN you! True or False?
8). If you have an argument with your wife, husband, children, or parents, God is there? True or False?
9). If you lose your temper, God is there? True or False?
10). If you pray, even with your eyes wide open and you do not bow your head, God is there. If you sing along with the Gaither’s, God is there. True or False?
11). You may ignore Him, but He is still there. You may think He does not know what you are thinking, but He is still there. True or False?
12). Before you arrive at the church building, God was and is in you. When you are in the church building, God is in you. When you leave the church building, God is in you. Where you go, God is in you. True or False?
13). God is in you when you are in the Bible class. God is in you when you are in the church auditorium or sanctuary. God is in you before, during, and after the preacher speaks. If you go where you hope no one sees you, God is there. You cannot run, drive, or fly fast enough to leave him behind. He is living in you! True or False?
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV).
14). God knows when you are good, bad, or in-between. He expects you to remember that you are a sinner, but you are a redeemed sinner (1 John 1:5-10)? True or False?
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV).
15). Jesus took ALL your sins upon himself and in exchange, you received from him his righteousness. Remember this and rejoice. You belong to Him! True or False?