Saturday, April 23, 2011

Never make light of God's holiness.

Never make light of God's holiness.

Our body is the temple of God. And we must treat it with respect by keeping it holy. So that the spirit of God may dwell in us. We are now consider to be holy priests ministering before God.(1 Peter 2:5) Holiness is not something to trifle with and must be carefully observe with a reverence fear for God.

Ezekiel 44:1-2 (New Living Translation)
The Prince, Levites, and Priests
1 Then the man brought me back to the east gateway in the outer wall of the Temple area, but it was closed. 2 And the Lord said to me, “This gate must remain closed; it will never again be opened. No one will ever open it and pass through, for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered here. Therefore, it must always remain shut.

Ezekiel 44:17-19 (New Living Translation)
17 “When they enter the gateway to the inner courtyard, they must wear only linen clothing. They must wear no wool while on duty in the inner courtyard or in the Temple itself. 18 They must wear linen turbans and linen undergarments. They must not wear anything that would cause them to perspire. 19 When they return to the outer courtyard where the people are, they must take off the clothes they wear while ministering to me. They must leave them in the sacred rooms and put on other clothes so they do not endanger anyone by transmitting holiness to them through this clothing.

Ezekiel 46:19-20 (New Living Translation)
The Temple Kitchens
19 In my vision, the man brought me through the entrance beside the gateway and led me to the sacred rooms assigned to the priests, which faced toward the north. He showed me a place at the extreme west end of these rooms. 20 He explained, “This is where the priests will cook the meat from the guilt offerings and sin offerings and bake the flour from the grain offerings into bread. They will do it here to avoid carrying the sacrifices through the outer courtyard and endangering the people by transmitting holiness to them.”

1 Peter 2:5 (New Living Translation)
5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.[a] Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

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