Ephesians 2: 19 – 22.. ( We are all fellow citizens with the saints in the household of God. God lives in us and makes his abode ( dwelling ) in us. )
John 14: 21 -23. ( God’s standard – those who obey him are those who love him. )
John 2: 19 – 20 . ( Jesus himself is the temple of God – they don’t understand )
1Cxorinthians 6: 19 – 20 .( Our body is the temple of God when we are born again )
Ephesians 4: 11- 13. ( Gifts within the body – the true temple – of God’s fulltime servants: Apostles, Prophets,Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, to minister to the saints everywhere till they come to the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ.
1Corinthians 9:9 -18 ( God’s servant is provided for in all his needs by others through the grace of God, there should be no need to ask ( Mat. 10 : 8 – 10 )
Vs. 6 , 7. ( when God sends someone’s, they do not work anymore. Their needs are supplied by others with a willing heart ( 2Corin. 9: 6 -13 .)
Deuteronomy 26 : 2 . Bring your offering where you know the place where God shall choose to place his name there1. ( Rev.7: 3; 22: 4; 14: 1; Ex. 28: 38. )
Ezekiel 9:4 and the LORD said unto him, go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Revelation 1\;6. ( The born again Christians is a king and a priest of God )
1John 2: 27. But the anointing which ye have received of him adibeth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, you shall abide in him ( the Spirit of God ) . –Jn 14: 26 ;Jn 14: 17; Jn 15:26; 13- 15; Gen. 2:17; 2Tim 2: 15. – personal continual daily study in your fellowship with God though his word – 1Jn 1:13 – discipline you self to submit to God daily-Jas. 4: 6-8.)
Jesus calls you out – not man..Jn.15: 16; Jn 6:44, 45; Mat. 10: 1; Mk. 3: 13 ; Lk.6:13; 1Cor.9:1- 5; Gal. 1:1; Eph.1:1; Phil.1:1; Col.1:1; 1Tim.1:1; 2Tim 1:1; Titus 1:1, 6-9; Jas. 1:1; 1Pet. 1:1; 2Pet. 1:1. Paul was the first one called directly by the Lord- after Jesus rose to heaven. God changes not. Mal.3:6; Jas. 1:17; Rom. Rom. 11:29; Num.23:19.
1 Peter 5: 1. (All who are serving Jesus full time are as elders called of God, and Jesus is the chief shepherd. Our job is to feed the flock with the word of God without looking for money (v.2) and God will look after us, We are expected to suffer for Jesus sake ( 1Pet.4: 12- 19 ) as part of our course – we drink the cup of God ( v. 19 ) ( Matt. 26: 39, 42 ).
An ‘elder’ is one who is able to help you to learn from the word of God and to encourage your growth in faith ( Heb. 11: 6 ); someone who is already serving God full time and can lead you properly. He must be called of God and not man ( Acts 13: 1-4 ) and God will use others to pray for those he sends ( Acts 22: 11 – 16 ).
There is only one church ( temple, tabernacle of meeting ), the true born again Christians ( 1Cor. 3:16; 17;1Cor. 6:19, 20 ). We are the body of Christ, bone of his bone , flesh of his flesh (Eph. 5: 30), members of the general assembly of the church of the first born ( Jesus ) ( Heb. 12: 22 – 24 ) registered in heaven . The ones who have rule over you are sent by God to feed the flock of Jesus (Eph.4:1-7; Rom 12: 3–14; Heb13:17).
1Corinthians 12:4. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
V.5 . And there are differences of administrations, but the same LORD.
V.6. And there are diversities of operation, but it is the same God which worked al in all.
V.12 . For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
V.25. ( from 24 )…but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: ( 25 )That there should be no schism in the body; but that members should have the same care one for another. Hebrew 13: 3. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
V.7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God; whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
V.8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.
V.9.Be not carried about by diverse and strange doctrines. For it is a good things that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
V. 10. We have an altar ( Spiritual ), whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle ( worldly sanctuary ) .( read 11,12, 13)
V.14 for here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.V.15. by him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God Continually, that is , the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
V.16. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
V.17. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
V.18. Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
1Corintians 3: 1 -7. ( we may have different things to do in God’s kingdom but we all belong to one God when we are born again and only one body of Christ ( not many different denominations ) and only God gives the increase.. only God gets the Glory..
Isaiah 55: 6 – 13 . ( God’s way of doing things are different to our ways and ideas. God will do what he will in his way regardless of whether we understand his ways. We need to pray and seek his face to ask for understanding. Look at verse 11.. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where to I sent it.
Isaiah 48: 11 ( God will do it for his name’s sake and his own glory )
Isaiah 30 : 11 ( we are covered by God’s Spirit – not by denominations etc.)
Isaiah 30: 18 – 21 . ( OUR REAL NEED IS TO WAIT ON THELORD .AMEN. )