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SuperStructure 2

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Introduction

Foundation

Saved—The foundation to the Church is that it is made up of individuals that have accepted Christ as savior.

AV 1873And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
AV 1873even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Changed families

Household of God—The people in the church need to realize that they have changed households, and act like it.
AV 1873For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
AV 1873Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Fitly Framed together

AV 1873Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Foundation of truth laid upon Christ
AV 1873and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Superstructure of the church
AV 1873in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: in whom you also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary 2:21This structure rises to become (lit., “continually grows [pres. tense] into”) a holy temple in the Lord. This indicates that the church is a living and growing organism, as new believers are included in this temple’s superstructure (cf. 4:15–16; ). Both Jewish and Gentile believers are being “joined together” into this one organism labeled “a holy temple” (cf. “one new man” [] and “one body” [v. 16]). The word for temple (naos) always refers to the sanctuary within the physical structure in Jerusalem, not to the entire temple area with its open courts (hieron).
Superstructure of the church is a growing living organism that we can also call the temple of God, as the church is God’s chosen method of declaring His glory to the world today.
1a :  an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental oneb :  social institutions (such as the law or politics) that are in Marxist theory erected upon the economic base
2:  a structure built as a vertical extension of something else: such asa :  all of a building above the basement
b :  the structural part of a ship above the main deck
a :  an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental one b :  social institutions (such as the law or politics) that are in Marxist theory erected upon the economic base
1a :  an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental oneb :  social institutions (such as the law or politics) that are in Marxist theory erected upon the economic base
2:  a structure built as a vertical extension of something else: such asa :  all of a building above the basement b :  the structural part of a ship above the main deck
1a :  an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental one b :  social institutions (such as the law or politics) that are in Marxist theory erected upon the economic base
2:  a structure built as a vertical extension of something else: such asa :  all of a building above the basement b :  the structural part of a ship above the main deck

Recognize & Rejoice

Commit

Ezra 5:1–2 AV 1873
Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.
Take ownership! Part of rebuilding is taking ownership of the project. When you purchase a home that must be remodeled or perhaps begin building a home, at some point you must commit to making decisions. When you want to tear down a wall, you must commit to doing it. Use a hammer and a sawsall. When you want to build a wall, you get to the work of it.
These guys took to building the temple. While they were stopped by everyone around, and discouraged by local, God instructed them to build. So they got up and built.
Ezra 5:3–7 AV 1873
3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? 4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building? 5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter. 6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king: 7 they sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus: Unto Darius the king, all peace.
Ezra 5:3–8 AV 1873
3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? 4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building? 5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter. 6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king: 7 they sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus: Unto Darius the king, all peace. 8 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.
Ezra 5:3-
Ezra 5:8 AV 1873
Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.
When the opposition came, God was good to them in causing them to continue forward. It even says here in the letter to Darius, the “work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.”
Ezra 5:
Ezra 5:1–8 AV 1873
1 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. 2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them. 3 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? 4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building? 5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter. 6 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shethar-boznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king: 7 they sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus: Unto Darius the king, all peace. 8 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.
ezra 5:

Ready

Ezra 7:6–10 AV 1873
6 this Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him. 7 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king. 8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9 For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.
After the structure was built a spiritual structure had to be placed in order. There must be order! Ezra was called to bring spiritual order to a process that already was trying to do things spiritually right. They were offering and doing things for God.
ezra 7:6-
I heard this quote yesterday, “are we so consumed with doing things for Christ that we do not do things of Christ?” Here Ezra noted that the “hand of the Lord his God upon him.” Furthermore, he was ready!
What are you ready for? Are you ready for everything to be the same? Are you ready for everything to be what you like? Are you ready to apply your hand to the Word of the Lord and move this place forward?

Repent

Ezra 9:5–9 AV 1873
5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God, 6 and said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. 7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day. 8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. 9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
Ezra 9:5 AV 1873
5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God,
Ezra 9:5
There were sins in the past, there are sins in the present. Ezra was willing to face those things. Are you ready to face those things both corporately and individually? We are never going to corporately own our responsibility until we individually own our responsibility.
Revelation 2:1–5 AV 1873
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
In dealing with worship there is a great difference between will power and desire to worship.
True worship must include inward feelings that reflect the worth of God’s glory. It this were not so, the word hypocrite would have no meaning. But there is such a thing as hypocrisy—going through outward motions (like singing, praying, giving, reciting) that signify affections of the heart that are not there. ‘this people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’”—John Piper
2 Corinthians 7:9–10 AV 1873
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
God’s people ought to be a people eager to repent, eager to be right with the Lord, eager for self examination. There is a large difference between being self aware and being self absorbed. Self absorbed brings everyone to what I think and judges them by that. Self aware notices that my best day is still filthy rags before a Holy God.
Andrew Murray writes on the topic of Humility and Sin. He states:
“The point I wish to emphasize is this: the very fact of the absence of such confession of sin only gives more strength to the truth that it is not in daily sinning that they secret of humility is found, but rather in the position of dependence upon the grace of our God. Our only place of blessing before God is among those whose highest joy is to confess that they are sinners saved by grace.”

Conclusion

Are you living the ready and repentant life? Are you committed to the building of this body?
ezra 9:5-
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