To begin with, Satan wanting to take God's place in the eyes of man set out to alter them and all God created on earth in effort to make them his. He changed mankind from their original perfect state by crossing angels with humanity thus making them more suited to building a world that would honor him as king. With man in line with his thinking, he could fulfill his desire to be like God and alter their nature to his image. God said to separate from the world and all pertaining to it, to not touch the unclean thing. Can we see why? Satan through altered man has however continued his plan to alter almost all of creation. Plants, animals etc. are no longer after their own kind, but mixed and grafted, changing them from their perfect origin. Maybe this is one of the answers to the above question, why is the body of Christ so dysfunctional? A world fashioned by the knowledge and thinking of God's arch enemy is not exactly a place Jesus would choose for His body, yet for the most part that is where they are. Although in the world He was never of the world. So why should those that claim to be His body be connected or attached in any way? Should they be bound to the world's schools harboring the enemy's knowledge, or its banking that breaks every law of God concerning finances? Would His body be found teaching in churches that promote false doctrines or, remembering He is the Word of God, feed His people stale manna? Would Christ's body be affiliated in any way with the governments of man? Especially since we know they are propelled by man's intellect driven by the mind of the enemy. The Word refers to man's governments and their military forces as the beast! The Lord refers to the world's churches, her many religions and secret societies as Mystery Babylon, the harlot of harlots! Christ would certainly not be in any way a part of either of them! Are we?
5 Therefore, when He came into the world, Hesaid: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a bodyYou have prepared for Me(The body of Jesus, God's Word was His sacrificial Lamb whose death would Jubilee or set free man along with all creation).
II Corinthians 5:19
19 that is, that God was inChristreconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation(this is now the job of His entire body).
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that Idohe will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because Igo to My Father(He came back at the feast of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit to dwell in man, to complete His plans to reclaim and renew all Adam and Eve lost).
Because He returned to the Father, meaning He returned to being a spirit, He became the Rock, the cornerstone of pure belief in God, that now operates through us, living stones that together make up the new temple, a tabernacle for God, His body. John 2:19-21 shows us what the temple of God really is.
19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroythistemple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will Youraise it up in three days?”
21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. (This is not understood even now! Many are waiting for a physical temple to be reconstructed, others wait for Christ's return in one body, still others are oblivious to either one.)
I Peter 2:5 explains today's temple.
I Peter 2:5
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house(body members, New Jerusalem), a holy priesthood(Zion, the government of God), to offer up spiritual sacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesus Christ.
I Corinthians 3:16-17says it all.
16 Doyounotknow that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If anyonedefiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (Not a physical temple, not His original body but those that are a part of His body today!)
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
22 in whomyou also are being built together for a dwelling place of Godin the Spirit(the building of this temple was not completed at the time Paul wrote it, nor is it finished today, but completion is certainly swiftly coming and is a huge answer to our opening questions).
27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mysteryamong the Gentiles:
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Now as we read from II Peter 3:8 we will see God really hasn't spent much time building this temple, that is according to His timetable!
II Peter 3:8
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lordone dayis as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
This new creation is the predestined remnant, the ten percent seeded by Abraham, reproduced through the Word who according to Revelation 19:13 and 16 is King of kings and Lord of lords, Creator of all things.
Revelation 19:13, 16
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood(He paid our debts, redeemed us, He is the savior of the firstborn, the Father of the new species), and His name is calledThe Word of God.
16 And He has on His robeandon His thigha name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
16 For by Himall things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. Allthings were createdthrough Him and for Him.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannotsee the kingdom of God.”
I Peter 1:23
23 having beenborn again, not of corruptible seed(Adam) but incorruptible(the last Adam), throughthe word of God which lives and abides forever(we must be reborn through truth, which is Jesus, the Way, Truth and Life),
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea(the disbursement of this knowledge is the job of God's fivefold ministers).
Isaiah 9:6-7speaks of this exciting time.
6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government(those called to the fivefold)will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace(He is many manifestations, has many roles, but one God).
7 Of the increase of His government(the coming together of the fivefold) and peace(unity and harmony)there will be no end, upon the throne of David(Christ is the greater David) and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts willperform this(as we recognize His intent).
Ephesians 4:8, 11-16
8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”
11 And HeHimselfgave some to be apostles, someprophets, someevangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (why were they selected?)
12 for the equipping of the saints(the body)for the work of ministry(making sure the Christ in them is able to work), for the edifying of the body of Christ(keeping order and harmony, providing safety and peace),
13 tillwe all come to the unity of the faithandof the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (When the body of Christ is matured and Jesus can live and move through this body, He will again restore, renew, heal, do all He did in the one body suit, this time earth wide!)
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting(these will walk according to God's knowledge and not be fooled),
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all thingsintoHim who is the head—Christ—
16 fromwhom the whole body, joined and knit togetherby what everyjointsupplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share(no pew sitters), causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Hebrews 12:18, 22-29
18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,
22 But you have come to Mount Zion(government)and to the city of the living God(New Jerusalem), the heavenly Jerusalem(the infrastructure of this City was formulated by God), to an innumerable company of angels(they intercede and guard the new species),
23 to the general assembly(the body members) and church of the firstborn(the church glorious) who are registered in heaven(their names are written in the book of life), to God(who dwells in His holy mountain) the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect(these walk according to their spirits who are connected to God, not their soul man connected to the world),
24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we notescape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
(as the Spirit of God!)
26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shakenot only the earth, but also heaven.”
27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made(by man, through Satan's knowledge), thatthe things which cannot be shaken may remain(speaking of the works that have evolved through God's people who have entered His rest, ceased from their works to do His, fulfilling His plans).
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, bywhichwe may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
II Corinthians 13:5
5 Examine yourselves as to whetheryou are in the faith. (Do we walk in the end time Word?)Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you(the hope of glory)? unless indeed you are disqualified.