Saturday, June 11 2011
The Foundation And Cornerstone
"3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:9-11 KJV)
"For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building"
Historically, divisions in the true Church were the result of a party (as in a-part and part-ing) spirit - people choosing to follow, in effect, their favorite preacher, rather than Christ. It's a carnal struggle over who is going to take (as in seize) charge of the house in which Christ alone is the Master (see Firing The Founder).
"3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
No one can be a true Christian without The Holy Spirit (see The Cure For The Carnal Mind); thereafter, "3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV). It's that spiritual Temple that Christ is ultimately building (see Physical and Spiritual Temples).
"3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are [see also Abomination of Desolation - Where?].
This Day In History, June 11
1184 BC: According to calculations by Eratosthenes, Troy was sacked and burned on this date during the Trojan War.
1346: Charles IV of Luxembourg was elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany.
1488: King James III of Scotland was murdered after his defeat at the Battle of Sauchieburn. He was succeeded by his son, James IV.
1509: King Henry VIII of England married the first of his six wives, Catherine of Aragon (the youngest daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, the employers of Christopher Columbus). It was Henry's later divorce of Catherine that triggered the break from the Church of Rome and the creation of the Church of England.
1727: King George I, the first Hanoverian king of Britain, died and was succeeded by his son George II.
1770: English explorer Captain James Cook ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
1847: John Franklin, British explorer, died in the Arctic after his ships became frozen in the ice. The details of his death were in a note found by a search party in 1859.
1903: King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade were assassinated by members of the Serbian army.
1920: During the Republican National Convention in Chicago, party leaders gathered in a hotel to decide on their candidate for the presidential election. As first written by the Associated Press, it produced the political term "smoke-filled room."
1963: Quang Duc, 66, a Buddhist monk, committed suicide by burning himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest treatment of Buddhists by the U.S.-backed Diem regime. The picture was front-page news around the world the next day, and was followed by other monks in the weeks afterward.
1967: Israel and Syria accepted the terms of a U.N. ceasefire.
1987: Margaret Thatcher won her third consecutive term as British Prime Minister.
1997: An official Italian commission approved a move to allow Vittorio Emanuele, son of Italy's last king, to return home after 50 years of exile.
2001: Timothy McVeigh, 32, was executed at a U.S. Federal prison at Terre Haute, Indiana. The U.S.-born terrorist confessed to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19 1995 that killed 168 men, women and children. It was the most deadly act of terrorism in the U.S. prior to the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington.