Temple Builders Prophetic Web Book: Temple Building Materials
by John Robert Lucas
 
Temple Builders

Temple Building Materials: Building God's Temple

Chapter 17
Building Materials

1 Cor 3:12

Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

Exod 35:30-33

Then Moses said, "See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts-- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. So Bezalel, and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded." (NIV)

Now we continue with the analogy in Corinthians. We have been given two sets of three building materials. The first three are gold, silver and precious stones and the second set given to us are wood, hay and stubble. Even as Bezalel was “filled with the Spirit, with skill and knowledge” - SO ARE YOU. That skill pertains to building just as Bezalel’s skill was for building. You were anointed with the tools on the inside of you and God gives your building materials in this passage of 1 Corinthians. God also lets you know the results if you choose the other three building materials – wood, hay, and stubble. BOTH SETS OF MATERIALS WILL BUILD HOUSES BUT ONLY OF THESE HOUSES WILL GOD INHABIT.

      Gold, silver and precious stones are materials used in building Solomon's temple.

IKing 6:21-22

And the whole house he overlaid with gold, until he had finished all the house: also the whole altar that was by the oracle he overlaid with gold.

Gold Temple Materials

Gold represents Deity and Divine Nature. You are but a stone, but God ANOINTS YOU WITH HIS OWN NATURE! Stone is overlaid with Gold in the temple to symbolize, you clothed with the nature of Jesus.

2 Cor 5:1-4

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Using Gold as a temple building material is teaching the Word with life, totally dependent on God and BEING the very message you are preaching, this is what causes us to be “clothed upon” with the “house from heaven”. We shall be clothed with the gold of His Glory and we shall not be “found naked”. It is the word spoken on God’s authority and not tainted by the soulish nature of man. Observe what Paul says about the ministry that used gold as a building material.

2 Cor 2:17-3:2

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

This message that I am ministering to you right now is of nothing, unless first I speak in Christ, and then you receive it and become this message of Christ that I am teaching, to be read of all man. I can preach for growth and produce a people that never grow, but Paul's ministry produced a people that became the very message of Christ that he preached. Many preach from “where they are”, that is they preach from an immature place of struggle that God honors because He is after the hearts of His people. However God has a more excellent way, a way of obedience that preaches from “what you are”, that is from a life completely dealt with by God in maturity that penetrates the hearts of God’s people for eternal change. Paul did not need a piece of paper that said “Paul is a man of God, an apostle”. Paul instead said that the people who were saved, changed and bore fruit was the only recommendation he needed. Paul’s ministry produced a people that laid down their lives for Jesus Christ. This should be convicting for every minister, I know it convicts me of how I must allow God’s grace to work through me - to others, in labors abundantly.

2 Cor 3:3-6

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

If one ministers based on his ability to stir the hearer or generate response from the crowd, then he has become self-sufficient and taken thought of himself. How often one can witness this very thing in the church. How often have you seen Paul's attitude? Only God makes any of us ABLE ministers of the Spirit. The letter killeth!

The “letter” is building or ministering with wood or anything other then total sufficiency of the Spirit that giveth life. There are many that preach Christian activities and Christian duty; the end result is often times the letter of Christian doctrine instead of the Truth of Christian doctrine that sets free. For instance, you can listen to a nice message about breaking habits and in your natural strength you attempt to heed this word but what you found instead was death. Even if you were successful in the breaking of that habit you still experienced a bondage that separated you from a trusting relationship with Jesus. The world can break habits, but Jesus sets the captives free that we may experience intimacy with Him. It is so easy to turn an intending good Christian activity into law that produces bondage. Be led of the Spirit in all that you do and in all that you say and the result will be, that which pleases God. I am NOT SAYING “you do not have to put away sin”, I am saying … do not put it away apart from the grace that God gives. What is God saying to you NOW? That is what He will give grace to perform in you NOW!

The 2 Trees

You can preach the message of "how to be born again" to the woman at the well and deliver the message of "living water" to Nicodemus. Both were messages of Jesus, but Jesus delivered the message at the ordained time based on relationship with the father. He delivered the word of "living water" to the woman at the well and "how to be born again" to Nicodemus.

      Jesus said that He spoke only as He heard the Father.

John 7:16-18

Jesus therefore answered them, and said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. "If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or {whether} I speak from Myself. "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

This is the ministry that gets its Word from the tree of Life in the garden instead of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The tree of Life does not boast of knowledge, which becomes proud. The tree of Life type of ministry gets it knowledge through the relationship of walking in the garden with God.

Gen 2:9

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The body of Christ, the temple of God, will always have two trees set before them. Life or death, spiritual or natural, TWO HOUSES. Both will use scripture. When you choose the tree of knowledge of good and evil you will then know scripture apart from God, and when you teach your message, you will then separate your hearers from God. It is making yourself god of the word. It is making yourself god of the messages you teach. Maybe you say "But it is my favorite subject" or "It is the message I always teach". But when you teach from what you ate from the tree of Life you can agree with the scripture: "take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say." What then are we saying through all of this? We are simply speaking of a life that is Spirit led in all we do and say, it is simply a relationship to God whereby we ask Him, we check with Him FIRST. It is then that He will bid us to do His will. He will pick the place, He will pick the message, and He will give ability to speak it. Our part is to “seek His Glory”, the Glory of the One Who sent us.

This is another place where hearing God is important. A walk in God’s garden is two-way communication. How do we know what to teach if we are not listening? How do we know where to go if we are deaf to what heaven is saying? Many Christians must learn God’s voice. How do we hear? The sheep know the voice of the shepherd because they spend time with him - in prayer, in worship, in the scriptures – day and night.

The second stumbling block will be the devil coming to you and convincing you that “you can’t hear God” when in reality you are already hearing God – you just don’t realize it. As long as you are a sheep spending time with God, know this, He is speaking! Do not let the devil convince you that “it was a coincidence”. Do not let the devil convince you that “you just happen” to be in the right place at the right time. The thought that brought you there was God. The desire that brought you there was God. Learn to recognize those thoughts that sound so much like us – ARE HIM. Learn to recognize those desires in your heart are God speaking to you from His throne. Learn to recognize those slight impressions are God’s way of leading and not pushing His sheep.

Silver Temple Materials

IKing 7:51

So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.

1 Cor 3:12

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

The Silver of the Temple is stored up and it also overlaid the stones! Silver means redemption in the Bible. Silver vessels were stored in the house of God to symbolize a tremendous building material - A vessel of honor to be used of the Master to minister redemption in this "ministry of reconciliation" entrusted to them. Some will not receive it, even as Judas threw down 30 pieces of silver in the temple and went and hanged himself. There will be Judases that will rather suffer the judgment. Silver in IKings 10:27 is typified as stones which are used for building. Silver is refined and purified, speaking of how we should preach the unadulterated Word of God.

Ps 12:6

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

      The three Hebrews TRUSTED in purity - in the fire that was heated seven times hotter.

Silver as temple building material is the purity of the gospel without spot or blemish. The character of a man that does not habitually live in love will taint the gospel of our Lord. A man’s opinion of what a scripture means or what he was always taught will mar the gospel of Jesus. Purity is found broken before the Lord with a soul that has been dealt with by God. It is a man who can come to the Laver found in the temple and seeing his reflection will discern what manner of man he is. Then by the water of the word, he will apply it to those areas that are unlike Jesus and thereby makes himself a true priest, who can come boldly to the throne of grace to minister unto the Lord and then unto His people.

Many times when we come to God we are soiled. What is it that soils us? Maybe an activity that does not please God – an activity that He does not put His stamp of approval on. Many times we feel soiled because the words we spoke forth were not spoken in Christ. Walking in the Light habitually should be our hope so that we may avoid this soiled condition when we approach God in His Holiness.

2 Cor 7:1

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

We must become a holy people. Holiness and maturity go hand and hand, one does not happen without the other. As this verse says, we must “perfect holiness in the fear of God”. Not much fear of God, not much holiness will come forth. In 1983, we had a guest speaker at our church named Joy Dawson. She walked in the fear of God as I had never seen demonstrated. She told of a story where she had made a remark to someone and she had unknowingly “slighted the truth” somewhat. By all Christian ethics it would have been so slight as to have never noticed, but for Joy Dawson who walked in the fear of God it brought her to her knees. She wept for what would be a slight error in our walk, yet for one who has matured in God’s holiness it brought great eruption. She grieved even as the Spirit in her grieved, for our words must become as true as Him Who is Truth. This is the spiritual reaction of one who walks in the fear of God, to not offend the Holy Spirit of God. In many of our cases we should not be weeping, we should be wailing for our sins that have grieved God. As David said in Psalm 51 – “Against you, you only Lord have I sinned”. We will build with silver even as we FEAR GOD.

Hag 2:7-9

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater then of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

Precious Stone Materials

2 Chr 3:6

And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty

Isa 54:11-12

"O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. "Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones. (NAS)

1 Cor 3:12

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

The last temple building material given in 1 Corinthians is precious stones. Ministering with Gold is ministering the Word with the nature of Christ. Ministering with silver is ministering the Word in purity and unadulterated. Ministering with precious stones is ministering the Word as the complete reflection of Lord Jesus Christ.

Ps 27:4

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

The purpose of precious stones was for one thing - BEAUTY. That makes us ministers of beauty. Not of our own beauty as the enemy was; Ezek 28:12 – “perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering.” The enemy was perfect in HIS OWN beauty, we are bearers of the Lord's perfect beauty. Bezalel was also skilled in artistry. God does not just build a plain structure but He is not finished until the gems are embedded in the temple, the carvings are in the pillars, and the engravings of cherubim are in the wall. PRECIOUS STONE MINISTRY IS THE LAST PERFECTING MINISTRY ON EARTH. It puts the finishing touches on each life in preparation to meet her Bridegroom and Lover. It is God’s artistry for the last generation of believers. Silver brought purity to the precious stones to make her radiant to the world. She is a temple built and now she is unveiled for the world to see as never before. READ ISAIAH 54…

The Laver Reflection

2 Cor 3:18-4:1

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,

To bear the image of Christ you must be transformed. When the priests came into the Outer Court, before they entered into the Holy Place they stopped at the Laver. The Laver was a piece of furniture in the tabernacle; it was a brass basin filled with water and had a polished mirror at the bottom. It was used so the priests could see their soil and to wash before entrance. This clearly represents Jesus - The Word of God. Ephesians 5:26 – “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word”.

When you hear the Word of God, you must look into the mirror of it to see yourself and not look to see someone else. Many of us listen to the word and think, "Brother so and so needs to hear it" or "my wife needs to obey this word". No, you are to listen for you and to judge yourself, to see your own blemishes. The brass of the Laver means judgment and the word will judge your deeds and intents of your heart and show them for what they are. The water in the Laver gives you the ability to wash up after seeing the defilement. When God reveals an iniquity that resides in your heart, He will accompany it with grace – God’s ability to overcome the iniquity. It would be frustrating if God revealed your sin and did not give grace to overcome it, so have faith in God’s grace when you see that sin that is ever before you. The washing of the Laver is “acting on that grace” to do the word of God and not merely to hear the word of God. When you come to the end of your ability - that is when you have arrived at the beginning of God’s ability. The only thing that separates the two is your decision to surrender to God’s grace and by faith – walk.

Maturity would happen so much quicker if somehow you could get the church to look into the Laver. Why can't I just see myself as I am? It all has to do with how hard our heart is; how stubborn our will is - before God. One can be very pliable towards man and that same one will be the most stubborn before God. Many times it will take a major crisis in our lives before we give in – like Job had. God is after our heart and those that refuse to give it will not SEE. It may be in just a part of your life or in totality – your whole life. You can memorize every verse and doctrine and hear many sermons and yet you will still never see.

On the DAY OF THE LORD we shall then see Him as He is and then be completely joined together with Him. But until that day, we are to PROGRESS towards the finishing line in all humility of heart. It is the pure in heart that shall SEE God. All those parts that do not look like Jesus will be transformed into His exact image as you daily see Him and obey Him. Your doctrine will possess the mind of Christ and your actions will be a candle with the bushel removed. Not hid anymore, but shining into the world. You are not being transformed to be a trophy, but rather fruit that can be eaten of man. Jesus related our natural man and its way of thinking to a bushel and the shell of a seed. One represents the life in us and the other represents the light in us.

Our natural mind and its deeds must be broken so that the life in us can produce fruit, and the bushel must be removed so that there are no obstructions to get light to this world of darkness that we live. This is done by judgment, that Peter says starts at the house of God. Therefore let us hold true to 1 Corinthians 11:31 “if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” This is a life of being broken before the Lord, and taking up your cross and imitating Him.

2 Cor 4:2-7

dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency (the surpassing value) of the power may be of God, and not of us.

When you handle the Word, you are handling a person. The activity we refer to as reading the word and praying to obtain Christian growth is often looked at as prayer is communion with God and reading the word gives us knowledge of Him. Listen, when you read the Word you need to meet Him just as much as you would in prayer and even more so. When you pray you must listen to hear God, and when you read the word you must listen to hear God. When you read or study the word you must meet God and be transformed, then when you present the word to others you are presenting a person that you met and not someone's opinion or their revelation. When you behold Christ in His Word, you will shine with the radiance of His beauty and truly be a temple builder in Christ, because outside of Christ, none of us build the true temple. Jesus is the temple builder and ultimately the temple at the end of the book of Revelation. We are to get in Christ.

We are God’s precious stones as we allow the inward condition of Holiness and Power to be manifested even as it is revealed from the “FACE OF JESUS”. We are teaching a “precious stones” type of ministry when others see that the surpassing greatness and value of that glory is from God and NOT FROM YOU. Immaturity always desires you to get the attention, maturity always desires God to get all the attention.

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