Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
At Home In Heaven (Part 4, Conclusion)
The New Temple
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief Cornerstone, in Whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in Whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22 (NKJV)
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
Ephesians 3:17 (NKJV)
When Jesus came to earth, Heaven came with Him. The sin that divided God from man and Heaven from earth would be covered by His Blood. Not only did He break down the 'Wall of separation' (Ephesians 2:14) between Jews and Gentiles--but also between God and man:
'The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom' (Mark 15:38).
When the Temple of His Body fell, the temple of Jerusalem would soon follow; 'Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down' (Mark 13:2). But the Captain of our Salvation had a plan: As He went down, He pulled Satan down, too.
But here's the difference: Jesus rose again to stay on top forever. Satan will never rise, but only fall further. God served him a foreclosure notice and he lives on borrowed time--with increasing desperation.
He hisses like a snake, roars like a lion, deals like a president and poses like a preacher. Why?
When the Carpenter left earth, Satan began a massive building project--including churches and synagogues: structures known by walls and rules--like Jerusalem's great temple.
Then he expanded into media. His purpose? Lies that lead to confusion--that lead to division--that lead to weakness--that lead to a displacement like his own: separation from God.
At the same time, the Carpenter builds smaller temples. In the heart of every believer is an unmatched Power Source: God's Holy Spirit. It radiates wisdom, unity and strength. It joins individual hearts into a spiritual church: the church of Jesus Christ. 'And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it' (Matthew 16:18).
The light coming from every believer within God's spiritual church is like a beacon from a window--calling outsiders in to a better home: Heaven.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the At Home In Heaven series.