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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Fifty-two Kingdom Concepts, #69
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:3—NIV)
The Book of Hebrews states that God has given to man authority over all the works of God's hands. This is true only when Christ, the Temple of God, is dwelling in man.
The Book of Isaiah tells us that God is looking for a house. In Acts we notice that Stephen brings this desire up to date. God is still looking for a house. Paul informs us that we Christians are being constructed into a holy temple in the Lord.
Heaven is the Throne of God and earth is His footstool. But Jeremiah prophesies that Jerusalem finally will become the Throne of God. The Book of Revelation announces that the Throne of God and of the Lamb will be located forever in the holy city, the new Jerusalem. The new Jerusalem is the glorified Christian Church.
There is no temple in the new Jerusalem because the entire city is the Temple of God, and the Throne of God and of the Lamb is located therein.
What an awesome concept this is—that we are being made the dwelling place, the Throne of God Almighty. This fact adds a most significant dimension to our Christian experience. We are not just being saved to go to Heaven; rather, we are being made the Temple of God, the Throne of God.
Now, what does this fact mean in practical terms? It means our salvation is not merely a case of our being forgiven. We have to take up our cross and follow the Lord each day of our discipleship so a place may be prepared in us in which God may rest.
Since Christ is the only Throne of God, the only Temple of God, Christ must be formed in us if we are to serve as the dwelling place of God. Christ cannot be formed in us until we are willing to lay down our own life, our own thoughts, our own desires, our own plans and ambitions, that the Life of Christ in us may be fully developed and expressed.
God will dwell only in Christ. If we want God to dwell in us we must work with the Holy Spirit until Christ is formed in us. Christ is the dwelling place of God.
God will not dwell in our adamic nature, only in Christ.
In God's house, His temple, there are to be many rooms. God's Temple is Christ. So we are saying in Christ there will be many rooms in which God can dwell. We are those rooms, those living stones in the great Temple of God.
Since this is undeniably the truth of the Bible, let us lay aside all else that we may be crucified and Christ may live in us.
This is why we were created—to be the dwelling place of God. Until we die to our first personality and Christ is formed in us and is living in us, we will never enter that state of being for which we originally were designed.
Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. (Exodus 25:8—NIV)
This is what the LORD says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66:1,2—NIV)
To be continued.