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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Going to the Father, #8
Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? (Acts 7:49)
What is God's House?
What is Heaven? Heaven is the Throne of God.
What is earth? Earth is the footstool of God.
In the Lord Jesus Christ the footstool is connected to the throne.
Well then, what is the house of God?
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22)
Speaking of the "bride, the Lamb's wife," John says: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men" (Revelation 21:3).
Christ Himself is the House, the eternal Temple of the Father. You and I are rooms in the eternal House of God, which is Christ—Head and Body.
We are not aware that there is one verse in the entire New Testament (or Old Testament) that refers to Heaven as the house of God. But there are several verses that state plainly that Christ and His saints are the dwelling places of God. We must abide by the written Word.
What did the Lord mean by saying, "I go to prepare a place for you"? Jesus meant He was going to Gethsemane, the judgment hall, and the cross; and from the cross down into Hell itself. Finally, Christ ascended into Heaven and sprinkled His blood before the Mercy Seat in Heaven.
But Christ must also prepare us to be a room in God's eternal temple.
Now he that hath wrought [prepared] us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest [pledge] of the Spirit. (II Corinthians 5:5)
Christ poured the Holy Spirit upon us, giving gifts of ministry to men. Christ is making intercession for us before the Throne of God, and is working with the believers, confirming with miraculous signs their preaching of God's Word.
Jesus Christ has prepared a place for us in Himself. He is the Father's House. Each member of His Bride is selected by the Father and given to the Son. Since the selected person is a unique individual who is to be joined in personality to the Lord forever, there must be a process of accommodation that takes place in the Lord Himself, and also in them, concerning the addition to His Personality.
Jesus struggles with God in intercession for the new member of His Body. The Father works through the Holy Spirit to perfect the personality of the member, refining each element. The Holy Spirit is charged with presenting to the Son a Bride without blemish of any kind.
Grace is given to the member as he interacts with the Personality of the Lord. Each believer must pass through the Valley of Achor, so to speak, the place of judgment, until rebellion is gone from his personality; lawlessness is gone; independence is gone.
It is a romance, a dance. We wish to lead, but it is Jesus who is to lead for eternity.
It is the story of Adam and Eve. Eve is being created from Adam, and yet must choose of herself to yield her independence of thought and action.
To be continued.