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Lesson 6: WE ARE HIS HOUSE

TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH

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CENTRAL TEXT: HEBREWS 3:6

INTRODUCTION
The author of the book of Hebrews is still comparing and contrasting Christ and Moses. Christ is superior to Moses in all respects. Therefore, Christianity is a better covenant based on better promises. That is the thought he sought to convey. One striking difference he points out is the even though Moses was found faithful by God, he was only a servant in the house of God. But Christ is not a servant in the house but a Son. This thought of we being the house over which Christ is the house is what we want to examine in this lesson.
MAIN LESSON:
A)    GOD IS A BUILDER
I)                   In the Bible, God is portrayed as a builder. He is the one who builds all things (Heb 3:4, Ps 127:1, Mt 16:18).
II)                God built many structures through man in the old testament; examples include, Noah’s ark, Moses’ tabernacle and Solomon’s temple.
III)             But all these structures were temporary. They were finally pulled down or deserted. This was because God’s intention was not to live in those structures. God doesn’t live in buildings made with human hands (Acts 17:25). Therefore He made do with those structures for some time because his real building had not been prepared yet.
B)    GOD’S REAL BUILDING
IV)             God’s real intention from the beginning of time was to get a habitation or temple for His Spirit. He wanted to live in the body of man so that man would be the temple of the Lord.
V)                But Adam failed God and therefore God began a journey of bringing His real building into being. In the meantime, He was living in makeshift structures like the Ark of the covenant, temples and tents (2 Samuel 7:1-7).
C)    GOD’S FINAL BUILDING                                                
           Much later on, the Word became flesh and was tabernacle among us (John 1:14). This was God’s real building. The Son was the abode of the Father. John 14:1-10. Jesus was God’s building at that time. All of heaven’s attention was on the Son. But Jesus was not God’s last plan. He intended to expand Jesus to form the Church. Jesus was one person living at one place at one time.
Later on He died, was buried and rose again to become a life giving Spirit. It was this Life-giving Spirit that He used to form the Church. So now, the Church is God’s main building on the earth. Now God wants to be felt everywhere.
Daniel 2:45
Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold-the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this(NKJV).
D)    This was the interpretation Daniel gave to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The stone was Christ. He was the stone the builders rejected (1 Pet 2:7).
E)     This stone later became a mountain that filled the whole earth (Dan 2:35). This was talking about the expansion of Christ to become the Church.
F)     When Jesus said in John 14 that He was going to prepare a place for us, He was not going to Heaven. He was going to the Cross. He was the Father’s House at that time and He told us that in His Father’s House (HIM) there are many positions, giftings, offices, anointings (Mansions). When we come into Him, then together with Him we become the Father’s House on earth.
G)    When we become born again, we become living stones (1 Pet 2:5). The Stone and the many living stones are merged together to become a spiritual habitation of the Spirit. Therefore, now the desire of the Godhead for a Temple as a Habitation has been fulfilled in the Church.
H)    THIS BUILDING GROWS
The impression given in the New Testament is that the building of God grows (Eph 2:21-22). But how does the building grow? It grows by every part doing its share (Eph 4:14-16). Find your place in the building project of God. There is a place you must occupy.
In our next lesson, we will look at how this building is structured; its foundation, its pillars and its workmen.
Memory verse
1 Corinthians 3:9: For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, YOU ARE GOD’S BUILDING (NKJV).

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