Summary: Building a Spiritual House takes Spiritual Stones. This sermon looks a types of Stones Belivers are and how they are shaped to be used in God's Spiritual House.
God is building a spiritual house (oikos, dwelling, household) and believers, as living stones are the material that He is using. In Ephesians 2:20-22 Paul uses the same terminology;
These are the elements that make us living stones been built into a spiritual house, relationship with our Father God, communion with the Holy Spirit, and Restoration from our life of sin through Jesus Christ. this is the building material of God as we come together in unity through this process and as we are a coupled to one another through covenant and communion what a glorious House we will be.
The four types of stones or believers:
SHARP stones speak of those believers who are spiritual stones Who because of their personality and spiritual maturity our SHARP stones that God uses to circumcise a heart of other believers. All believers at some time are used as a sharp stone. We cut into the lives of others by our actions, are comment, our attitudes. We don't appreciate the usefulness of these believers for As we respond to their actions God deals with our hearts.
Exodus 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses’ feet, and said, “Surely you are a husband of blood to me!”
Joshua 5:2 At that time the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time.”
Flint knives come from the Hebrew word tsuwr tsoor meaning; from 6696; properly, a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder;
Romans 2:28,29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
Sharp stones help to prepare others:
Finished at the Quarry I King 6:7 And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.
In times past, emphasis was placed on each individual lively stone maturing to reflect God's character and nature (Rom. 8:29; II Cor. 3:18).
While this is still of utmost importance, God's emphasis, in this hour, is on fitly joining these lively stones into a corporate house (I Peter 2:5, Eph. 2:21 - 22; 4:16). His house! His habitation His Dwelling Place!
Each individual lively stone must come to a personal revelation of present truth in order to supply their proper portion to the Body.
The days of leadership trying to mold people into their image and likeness must come to an end
As in the days of Solomon, the workers (The Spirit of Christ) finishes the lively stones (you and I) in the workplace, the home front, the schools and shops, the Spirit of Christ molds and fashions us into the image of Christ where the rubber hit's the road.
He works on our dedication, our relationships, our attitudes, our character. He chisels away everything that does not conform to the image of Christ. Then He places us into the temple, where He knows we will fill the greatest purpose and bring the greatest glory to God.
The days of individuals coasting on a leader's revelation and anointing are gone.
The days of simply basking in the glow of a corporate anointing without taking personal responsibility for receiving God's revelation and anointing are gone.
The dedication of Solomon's Temple was a display of corporate anointing (I Kings 8; II Chron. 5 - 7). The glory of God was evident. In order for the whole to function properly, each individual had to take accountability for personal preparation before the corporate gathering. Similarly, each lively stone must take accountability for growing and maturing in order for His corporate house to function properly in the area of the corporate anointing.
SCORTCHED (BURNT) STONES:
Neh 4:2 - these are those people who have had their lives attacked by the enemy, who were taken captive into Babylon (the world) who people give up on but as we read in Nehemiah these stones can be restored and used again to rebuild the Temple of our lives, as we let The Holy Spirit work in us.
1 Samuel 17:40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine, and slayed Goliath.
The Holy Spirit is the River of God. In this scripture we see four ministries of the Holy Spirit represented in the names of the four rivers.