We, too, must die to ourselves so that God can raise us up as God’s temple. As we die to the influence and power of sin, we will resurrect as tabernacles of God’s glorious presence. We become a living doxology of God’s power to save sinners from death and pestilence.
Then, we can stand on Christ’s authority and cast down erroneous ideas in the temple of man’s hearts and minds. Paul wrote,
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:4-5 King James Version).
Remember, the Lord has given us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions. They represent not only the handy works of the devil but his influences as well.
We need to die a deeper death so that we could live a life of genuine faith. We need to “put off concerning the former way of life, the old man which is corrupt…” (Eph 4:22), then, and only then can we live and “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Eph 4:24).
The hour of reformation is not easy. It is often difficult and sometimes even painful. Anyone who works for reformation faces opposition whether in society or within one’s self. The harder it must be if oppositions come from within one’s self. However, even if you do evil, you will still contend with opposition. If you do what is good, you will still struggle with great opposition. If in either way you will meet oppositions, it would be better to do the right thing.
Let us remind ourselves that we are stewards of God. We are stewards of His truth, His mysteries and His temple. We do not need to wait for Christ to come and clear our human temple; we can clear it even before He comes. Let us not be like the chief priests that allowed the moneychangers to defile the temple.
In First Corinthians 4:2, we can read one very important requirement for good stewardship- faithfulness. When the Lord comes, may He finds us all faithful.
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