Revelation 1: John sees Christ
John the Revelator is on the island of Patmos, when the Lord comes to him with a voice of a trumpet and commands him; “…What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches…” (Revelations 1:11) John explains that he saw; “…seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the candlesticks one line unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot… with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as the snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire…his feet like unto fine brass… his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelations 1:13-15) Here John describes Jesus Christ as a man with white hair and a voice of many waters. This shows that we are made in God’s image and having been made in His image shows that God is not a Spirit, but also possesses a body of flesh and bones, the difference? His body is glorified and perfect, in other words it is immortal.
John is at first afraid of seeing God, but hears the voice of the Lord tell him to ‘fear not’. John encourages everyone to heed the writings of his book (Revelations) and to understand that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is around the corner and we should be preparing now!
1 Corinthians 3: Temple of God
Paul speaks to the Corinthians and explains that he could not speak the full word to them because he fed them with “…milk, and not with meat…” (1 Corinthians 3:2) Why did Paul say this? It is simple as a baby can only handle milk without choking or dying… so it is with those who are babies spiritually. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not learned to its fullest overnight, it takes time and patience to fully understand and appreciate the plan that God has for us in this life. Just with any learning, we must first start off with the basics, in this case milk. The once we are accustomed to the milk we can get to harder foods (deeper knowledge and understanding) until we can handle the chewy stuff, the meat (the deepest doctrine).
Paul goes on to say that WE WILL be JUDGED for our WORKS; “…the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is…” (1 Corinthians 3:13) He goes on to say that if your works are good you will “…receive a reward.” (1 Corinthians 3:14) and if you do badly you will “…suffer a loss…” (1 Corinthians 3:15) Therefore we should work diligently to do good in this life.
Paul ends by not only reminding us that we know NOTHING in the eyes of God; “…the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” (1 Corinthians 3:19) But Paul also reminds us that our body is a Temple; “Know ye knot that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy…” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)