Father, please help me to remain holy till I see you in glory.
The leader should explain again to the members that they should not compromise the salvation of their loved ones in sickness or affliction.
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? – 1 Corinthians 6:19
1 Peter 1:15-19 (KJV)
1Pe 1:15 Be holy in everything you do, just as God is holy. He is the one who chose you.
1Pe 1:16 In the Scriptures God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1Pe 1:17 You pray to God and call him Father, but he will judge everyone the same way—by what they do. So while you are visiting here on earth, you should live with respect for God.
1Pe 1:18 You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. You were bought, but not with things that ruin like gold or silver.
1Pe 1:19 You were bought with the precious blood of Christ’s death. He was a pure and perfect sacrificial.
For us to fully understand today’s topic, we shall throw light on some fundamental terms like ‘be Holy’, ‘Temple’, Holy Spirit ‘ and ‘Temple of the Holy Spirit ‘.
What is holiness? This is the state of being sacred, sanctified, pure etc.
What is a temple? Simply put, this is a house of worship. So, the temple of the Holy Spirit means, the house in which the Holy Spirit lives.
Who then is the Holy Spirit? This is the Spirit of the Living God. He is the third in Trinity. The Holy Spirit is known by other names such as the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, The Teacher etc.
In the current dispensation, believers are the mobile carriers of the Holy Spirit and not the church buildings. God demands holiness from us because we are the house that the Holy Spirit lives in. “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?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
TEXT REVIEW: 1 Peter 1:15-19
i. Holy living is a command from God to all of His children.
ii. Therefore, we must as a matter of necessity live Holy.
iii. With all awareness that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
ATTRIBUTES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S HOUSE:
- God does not tolerate sin. – Habakkuk 1:13
- Such a person must live by the word of God. – Joshua 1:8
3.The person must live a consecrated life. – Exodus 32:29
- Such a fellow must live a sacrificial life for God. Romans 12:1-2
- Be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect. – Matthew 5:48, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Kings 8:61
BENEFITS OF HOUSING THE HOLY SPIRIT:
- You will live in divine health. – Exodus 15:26
- You will be a carrier and channel of God’s power and blessings. – Psalm 1:1-3
- The Trinity will dwell in you and love you. – John 14:23
- You will become a carrier of spiritual gifts. – 1 Corinthians 12:1-7
ACTIVITY: State at least five attributes of the Holy Spirit.
SUMMARY: The Holy Spirit dwells in holy vessels. Are you one of them?
CONCLUSION: Anyone who still commits sin cannot be a dwelling place or a house of the Holy Spirit, because as His name implies ‘Holy’, He cannot live in a filthy house or place.
- Thank God for your salvation which is a pre-requisite for housing the Holy Spirit.
- Father, please help me to become the residence of the Trinity. – John 14:23
- Father, help Your church to be pure without blemish.
- Father, help Daddy G.O. and Mummy G.O. to finish strong.
- Your personal prayer requests.
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