Solomon’s temple was a magnificent building. At the dedication service, the shekinah glory of God visibly occupied the temple – but specifically the holy of holies.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Today, there is no need to travel to Jerusalem and go to a specific building to be in the presence of God. We have the incredible blessing of being the dwelling place of God. Every believer on the planet is an active temple of God – observed by unbelievers. How does the reality of God occupying our lives and our bodies appear to those who see us? We have the incredible privilege and blessing to host – to be the dwelling place – God Almighty!
After the fall of Adam & Eve, mankind’s relationship with God was severed. What had been a perfect relationship was now broken.
Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Without a perfect sinless sacrifice, that relationship could never be restored. While animal sacrifices and the law provided some degree of temporary relationship for God’s chosen people, it was woefully inadequate. Only through Jesus sinless life and sacrificial death – the perfect Lamb of God – was it possible for all mankind to be reconciled to God permanently. As sinful mankind, we deserve eternal separation from God. Instead, because of Jesus death, we have the privilege to have peace with God and reconciled to Him!
Fear is a natural reaction when we find ourselves in situation with an uncertain or unknown outcome.
2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Hebrews 13:6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
When we surrender our lives to Jesus, it is as if we slide from behind the steering wheel and allow Him to take control. As a result, there is no longer a need to fear what we do not know. Fear is a tool of Satan to manipulate us to focus on ourselves and our inadequacies rather than focusing our eyes on our Redeemer and the one whom we absolutely trust regardless of the situation we face. Be blessed that we do not have to be bound and controlled by the spirit of fear!
Followers of Jesus are known by their names… in fact, their names are written in the Lamb’s book of life!
Revelation 21:27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Luke 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Not only did Jesus die on the cross to restore our broken relationship, He knows us. Jesus knows each one of us by name. He cares for each one of us individually. Those who have committed their lives to be disciples, also have the names recorded in heaven. God has a keen interest about each one of us, so much, that He personally records each person’s name in the book of life when they follow Jesus. Some people want their names on a New York Times best-seller. I will gladly settle for my name being written in the book of life in glory!
Consider the privilege of being an earthly host of Holy Spirit…
1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
How many times do you consciously recognize that the Holy Spirit – the third person of the Trinity – dwells in us? In the Old Testament, the tabernacle and then later the temple was known as the house of God. There were times when the presence of God was visibly present in these earthly buildings. Since Pentecost, the Holy Spirit resides in every believer rather than a single earthly building. What a blessing to be the home of the Holy Spirit… today, consider whether our demeanor and actions positively reflect that reality.
Disciples of Jesus are showered with spiritual blessings.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
Romans 15:27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
Many individuals, consciously or subconsciously, tend to assume spiritual blessings will also manifest themselves materially. Notice Paul makes a distinction between spiritual blessings and material blessings. Spiritual blessings are showered on believers regardless of where they live. Spiritual blessings are largely internal and come from the joy and peace of having a relationship with Almighty God. Today, take some time to bask in the spiritual blessings being poured out on us in an ongoing way.
Have you considered the incredible blessing of being redeemed by Jesus Christ?
Ephesians 1:7 In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you [Jesus] to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation… To be redeemed is to be set free. When slaves were redeemed they would be purchased by a caring individual of means for the express purpose of immediately being released from the bondage of slavery. We too have been redeemed – purchased to be set free – from the bondage of sin. The One who paid the steep price of our redemption deserves our deepest gratitude and humility… and service.
Followers of Jesus today are co-workers with God in His work here on earth.
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
2 Corinthians 6:1 Working together with him [God], then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
God is not a slave driver or micro manager. He joins us in the assignment given to us, encouraging us, equipping us, and enabling us to complete the task. Its not that we don’t ever mess up. God invites us to be part of the work He wants to accomplish today. Isn’t the thought of working with God an incredible blessing? Be motivated and encouraged today!
God is three persons in one – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and we have the privilege of fellowship and communication with all three persons.
1 John 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
We do not live in a universe with an impersonal deity behind creation. Instead, we live in a world where the Creator wants to have personal relationships with each of the billions of unique persons conceived since Adam & Eve were made by God Himself. Disciples of Jesus are warmly invited into fellowship – communion – with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who intercedes on our behalf. What a privilege to have fellowship with our Creator and Redeemer!