#DailyDevotion The Church is the Temple of God
Read Ezek 40:1–4; 43:1–12
Eze 43:1-7 Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east… (3) And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal. And I fell on my face. (4) As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, (5) the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple… (6) I heard one speaking to me out of the temple, (7) and he said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel forever. And the house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoring and by the dead bodies of their kings at their high places,
Mat 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man….Rev 21:1-3 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (2) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God….Rev 22:3-5 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. (4) They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (5) And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
The vision of Ezekiel is more clearly seen in Revelation 20 and 21. Of course even there it is a vision so it symbolizes a greater reality.
But this is the reality that we have been promised, Jesus Christ is returning with all the saints who have gone before us and we shall be joined with them. We are, the Church, the believers in the promises of God in Christ Jesus, the very temple of God. We shall dwell in Him and he shall dwell in us.
At that time, there shall be no more evil, wickedness, sickness or death for that is cast into the lake of fire. We will live in the light of Jesus and the Father and they shall fill the desires of our heart which is true union with them and with one another.
But only those who have this faith shall be there. All are invited to this place with Christ as their Lord. The payment for being there has been paid for all by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is he who purifies us and presents us pure, holy and blameless before the Father of lights.
Lord Jesus Christ, give us this faith which makes us living stones in the temple of our God that your and the Father’s presence will fill us with peace, joy and happiness. Amen.