Proceedings for Discovery
The Supreme Context
John 2:16-17 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it was written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
John 2:21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
Heb 3:6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.
This house that Jesus was speaking of here was the Temple of God that was being transformed into his own body. The Pharisees where in God’s physical building of stone and wood and naturally they stayed on this plain of reasoning because their minds did not understand the symbolism used in the Old Testament. They could not conceive of being in the midst of a paradigm shift where the stone and wood became flesh and blood. When we accepted Christ as our savior he adopts us, and we become an extension of his body or temple and house.
1 Cor 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body with her? For He says, “The two will become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with him.
Jesus was consumed with zeal for his house and his house is now my physical body because it houses His Spirit.
John 2:17 His disciples remember that it is written: “Zeal for this house will consume me.”
To be consumed is an all-encompassing term, there is nothing left over, which meanings there is nothing left out. Since Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus, what Jesus is consumed with also means the Word of God is consumed with. These few words in this verse just placed the whole living Word of God under the supreme context. The whole Bible now needs to be viewed in this new light to understand and grasp the gravity of the personal and practical love of God for your body, his temple.
1 Cor 6:13 “Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food” - but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.
The relationship that food has to the stomach is the exact relationship the stomach has for food. There is no value in food without the stomach and there is no reason for the stomach without food. Since the Lord is for our bodies then our bodies need to be for the Lord, for there is no value in the body without the Lord. Jesus came for our physical bodies. That is, he was the exact representation of the living Word of God walking in physical form. Therefore, the entire Word of God has only one purpose and that is to show the way for the physical body to enter into the abundant life. If our bodies do not reflect back to the Lord the same relationship that He has with them, then the stomach is the organ by which food has brought on immorality. Food and the stomach are placed as the fulcrum in God’s design to elevate love or immorality.
Isaiah 7:15 “He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.
The books of the Bible are not relevant to each other or to us when we view them in their individual intellectual context. This book of God’s writings only becomes alive as it becomes coherent. If the Bible never become coherent for us we will never see how food through the stomach can and will join our bodies with the harlot.
1 Cor 6:18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own; for you have been bought with a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.
This is not through your body but in the body! When you glorify God in your body the natural and automatic outcome will also be through your body. The Word became flesh to show us the only way the flesh could glorify God, which make us responsible to follow in the same way.
Matt 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Yes, food is for the stomach and the stomach for food but remember what God said. Man cannot be sustained on the actions of feeding the stomach alone. There is some other action needed to keep the physical body in a right relationship to God which the entire book of God is relating to and is written for. This makes this Holy Bible completely relevant and practical to anyone who has a physical body which has been turned over to Christ. Yes, it is most certainly true that your existence is not about you, in the sense that you are controlling your body, but about yielding the management of your body to the Spirit of Christ in you. If you cannot discover the theme which knits these instruction books together you will be blind in your understanding of the demands that are placed on you, and the knowledge to see whom the responsibility falls, not to mention the strength to complete.