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0912 – Christ Our Cornerstone 基督-我们的房角石

John 2:19-21(NKJV) Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

The Jews were shocked, offended and stumbled when Jesus spoke these verses to them.
Jesus was talking about the temple of His body made of living stones. There will not be only one High Priest offering sacrifices but a holy priesthood of believers.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV) Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

We place our trust in Jesus Christ based on all that He has accomplished on the Cross of Calvary and the power of His resurrection. The foundation of this spiritual house is Jesus Christ and He is the chief cornerstone that God has laid in His spiritual building. The cornerstone is inseparable from the building itself; supporting it, uniting it and adorning it. We are the living stones that make up the whole building. The spiritual sacrifices that we offer up to God are our bodies, souls, affections, our adoration in worship, prayers and intercession for the people who are yet to be saved, praises to Him for His faithfulness and sharing the Gospel to those who are yet to hear it.

Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We have the responsibility to live out a holy and righteous life so that the people in the world will come to know Jesus during their day of visitation. Being a child of God living in His marvellous light, we can enjoy the abundant life now where there is joy in the midst of trials, pleasures and prosperity. When God blesses us, He adds no sorrow with it. We have peace with God because we know where we are going for eternity. We are just pilgrims on this earth waiting to go to our permanent home in heaven.

The unbelievers’ Day of Visitation is a day when man’s abilities, might and wisdom encounter an impasse and they realise that there is indeed someone greater. GOD! When they are at an impasse, dying or suffering from sickness, on the verge of bankruptcy, divorce, moral deterioration or living a life without hope which torments them, let them remember your life. As they do so, they will give glory to God and open their hearts to the Gospel.

It is important for them to see in you that Jesus is the answer to their lives. We are the living stones in the temple of God and Christ is the cornerstone.

Sermon Series – Holiness


基督-我们的房角石

约翰福音 2:19-21 (和合本) 耶稣回答说:“你们拆毁这殿,我三日内要再建立起来。” 犹太人便说:“这殿是四十六年才造成的,你三日内就再建立起来吗?” 但耶稣这话是以他的身体为殿。

当耶稣对犹太人说出这些经文的时候,他们感到震惊、被冒犯、并跌倒。耶稣说的其实是以活石所造的祂肢体的圣殿。不再是由唯一的大祭司来献祭,而是由一群信徒共襄的祭司职分。

哥林多前书 3:16 岂不知你们是 神的殿, 神的灵住在你们里头吗?

我们相信耶稣基督,是基于祂在加略山十架上所成就的,以及祂复活的大能。这个灵宫的基石是耶稣基督,祂是神在祂这座属灵建筑物中安放的头块房角石。房角石与殿不可分割;支撑它、与之联合,并装饰它。我们是构成整座建筑的活石。我们献给神的属灵献祭有我们的身体、灵魂、情感、我们在敬拜中的仰望、为尚未得救的人祷告和代祷、为祂的信实向祂献上赞美,并传福音给未听过的人。

罗马书 12:1-2 (和合本) 所以,弟兄们,我以 神的慈悲劝你们,将身体献上,当作活祭,是圣洁的,是 神所喜悦的;你们如此侍奉乃是理所当然的。 不要效法这个世界,只要心意更新而变化,叫你们察验何为 神的善良、纯全、可喜悦的旨意。

我们有责任活出圣洁和公义的生命,使世人在他们神向他们显现的日子里认识耶稣。作为活在神奇妙光中的神的儿女,我们现今能享受丰盛的生命,在患难中满有喜乐、满足和富足。当神赐福我们时,祂并不加上忧虑。我们与神和好,因为深知我们在永恒里要往何处去。我们不过是这世上的客旅,等候回到我们在天上永恒的家。

不信者的神显之日就是当他们的能力、力量和智慧陷入绝境时,他们意识到确实有比他们更有能力的人。神!当他们陷入绝境、奄奄一息、缠绵病榻,濒临破产、离婚、道德败坏或过着没有希望的生活,备受折磨,让他们在这个时刻想起你的生命。当他们这么做时,他们将归荣耀给神,敞开心扉接受福音。

让他们从你身上看到耶稣是他们生命的答案,这一点至关重要。我们是神殿中的活石,而基督是那房角石。

讲章系列 – 圣洁