A Note from our Pastor:
“In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:”Ephesians 2:21
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In 1 Chronicles 5 and 6 we are given the account of Solomon dedicating the first temple to the Lord after its completion. At the end of chapter five, we are told that the glory of the Lord filled the temple to the point that the priests could no longer minister. The beauty and the glory was simply overwhelming.
The temple that was being dedicated was the completion of a promise Solomon’s father had made to build a place in Jerusalem to be an habitation for the Lord. In natural Israel a natural building was necessary.
As we come to the New Testament Israel is no longer a physical nation but rather a spiritual one and as such the house that will be the habitation for our Lord is no longer a physical building either.
In the prior verse, the Apostle told us that the chief cornerstone of this temple is Jesus Christ himself and that the foundation was the Apostles and prophets. Now in this verse we are told the building is continually growing but that its purpose is to be a holy temple.
While the metaphors that the Apostle uses can become quite complex and even somewhat convoluted, the point he is making is quite simple and quite beautiful. The regenerated elect of God make up the spiritual temple in which the Lord takes up his abode.
No longer is the building made of gold and silver and other items that could be destroyed. No longer is it a building made of hands that we hope is pleasing enough to God that he will dwell with us. Rather, it is a building made up of redeemed sinners. Purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Bought and paid for by the very Son of God and made accepted in him.
What a beautiful promise it is that the Apostle gives us here. When we come together and build upon the foundation we have been given, we have the promise that the Lord will dwell with us here.
Our Prayers are with you daily,