Acts 17:24 Temples The Gentiles had many temples Some were more famous than others The Temple of Diana at Ephesus The Parthenon, temple of Athena,
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TemplesThe Gentiles had many templesSome were more famous than othersThe Temple of Diana at EphesusThe Parthenon, temple of Athena, in AthensTemples to Apollos and Aphrodite in CorinthYet they were all empty
The greatest temple of New Testament times was in JerusalemOnly one the Jews ever hadBuilt by Solomon in 957 BCTook 183,600 men 7 years to buildDestroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCRebuilt by Zerubbabel in 516 BCRemodeled and expanded by Herod the Great in 20 BCYet God did not dwell therein (2 Chron. 2:5-6)What Paul said in Acts 17:24 applies to the temple in Jerusalem also
The Modern ConceptChurch buildings are templesBelieved to be the dwelling place of GodYet Pauls words hold here alsoWhat about us?Brethren sometimes get overblown on the buildingIt is a means to an endGod does not dwell in this building either
What The NT TeachesGod does have a templeA temple more glorious than any other beforeYou also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5)Saints are a habitation of God (Eph. 2:19-22)Christians are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17)A spiritual dwelling for a spiritual BeingThus, it is not made with hands
HolyDedicated (consecrated) to GodNotice use of word holyRomans 12:12 Corinthians 7:11 Peter 1:15We are caretakers of the templeWhat is it like?Is it acceptable to God?