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Keeping God’s Temple Clean

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

God created us because He wants a place to dwell. God is in more than just humans. God exists in every living thing. We have a responsibility to care for our temple.

1 Corinthians 10:31
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Do the right thing for your body. God wants us to be healthy and happy.

Proverbs 23:26-35
My son, give me your heart,
      And let your eyes observe my ways.
       27 For a harlot is a deep pit,
      And a seductress is a narrow well.
       28 She also lies in wait as for a victim,
      And increases the unfaithful among men.
       29 Who has woe?
      Who has sorrow?
      Who has contentions?
      Who has complaints?
      Who has wounds without cause?
      Who has redness of eyes?
       30 Those who linger long at the wine,
      Those who go in search of mixed wine.
       31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
      When it sparkles in the cup,
      When it swirls around smoothly;
       32 At the last it bites like a serpent,
      And stings like a viper.
       33 Your eyes will see strange things,
      And your heart will utter perverse things.
       34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
      Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
       “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”
Some Christians still use Alcohol. The Bible makes it very clear that alcohol is very dangerous-Do not look at wine is what God says in the Bible. The impact of alcohol on society is staggering. Broken homes, divorces, deaths, illness, disabilities are some of the problems caused directly by alcohol.

1 Timothy 5:21-23
I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality. 22 Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.
23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.

God says to take the subject of strong drink seriously. The Greek word ‘Oinos’ means fermented and unfermented wine. The fruit of the vine is unfermented wine which we call juice. Paul is referring to grape juice to heal Timothy’s stomach problems. Grape juice has more health benefits than fermented wine. Grape juice is great for the heart and strengthening the immune system. Alcohol destroys blood platelets.

Isaiah 65:8
Thus says the LORD:
As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it,’ So will I do for My servants’ sake, That I may not destroy them all.

Deuteronomy 29:18-20
So that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood; 19 and so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart’—as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.
20 “The LORD would not spare him; for then the anger of the LORD and His jealousy would burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him, and the LORD would blot out his name from under heaven.

Alcohol is a poison and acts like gall inside the body. Gall is like a parasite. Some Christians say that Jesus turned the water into wine-that Jesus drank wine and made wine. Fermentation is decomposition which is a result of sin. Another word is rotting. In order to get alcohol you have to have decomposition. If Jesus had ever made real alcoholic wine he would have created fermented wine as a result of sin. Jesus would thus have created a way for people to fall into sin. Impossible! Jesus is the only human that has been on the earth without sin. Jesus did not create alcoholic wine. He was sinless on the earth. Jesus did make grape juice.

Leviticus 11:46-47
‘This is the law of the animals and the birds and every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth, 47 to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.’

God gives us clear instruction about what we should eat and put into our bodies.

Leviticus 11:1-20
Foods Permitted and Forbidden

 1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth: 3 Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud—that you may eat. 4 Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 5 the rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 6 the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 7 and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.
9 ‘These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers—that you may eat. 10 But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you. 11 They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. 12 Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales—that shall be an abomination to you.
13 ‘And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, 14 the kite, and the falcon after its kind; 15 every raven after its kind, 16 the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the sea gull, and the hawk after its kind; 17 the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl; 18 the white owl, the jackdaw, and the carrion vulture; 19 the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.
20 ‘All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you.

Many animals have 3 or 4 stomachs. Pigs only have sweat glands at the hoof and snout. Pigs are very toxic animals. God said don’t eat pork because it is unclean.

Acts 10:1-15
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”
So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. 6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” 7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. 8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
Peter’s Vision

9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

Acts 10:28
Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

God gave Peter a vision that had nothing to do with what to eat. The vision was about being a Jew and mingling with Gentiles.

Isaiah 66:17
Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, To go to the gardens After an idol in the midst, Eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together,” says the LORD.

Abomination is referring back to Leviticus 11.

1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

1 Timothy 4:1-5
The Great Apostasy
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

God has set apart in His Word what is clean and unclean. When Paul wrote this letter, only the Old Testament existed. The Word of God set apart what to eat.

Deuteronomy 32:31-33
For their rock is not like our Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges. 32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom And of the fields of Gomorrah; Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter. 33 Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of cobras.

The word gall appears again. The vine is a poisonous plant that produced poppy which is where heroin comes from. Drug usage was going on during Sodom and Gomorrah before the Flood. It is wrong to do drugs including substances like nicotine, caffeine, and heroin. God wants us to be happy. We should give up bad habits that God says to avoid at all cost. We can have victory over substances when we ask God into our hearts.

This is the Bible study given on 16. March 2011 at Bellingham, Washington Seventh-day Adventist church by Pastor Korter.

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