Temple

“And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. And the glory of the Lord came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east. The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple. Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. 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 children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places.”
‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭43:2-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Temple

There will come a day when God will dwell with His people here on the earth. He will establish His temple in the midst of the elect. This is the great promise for the children of Israel, a long time in arriving, but it will be eternal.

As I read this passage in Ezekiel chapter 43, I thought of another temple: the One in which the Holy Spirit dwells. Unlike the children of Israel, those of us who have been born again, saved from our sins and made new, have become the dwelling place of God. Pondering that, brought me to my knees in humility, as I do not feel worthy.

God lives in this derelict body, falling into entropy, revealing HIs glory more and more with each passing day. I, like the children of Israel, who serve as forerunners for followers of Christ in type and shadow, fell in and out of obedience. My walk of faith has had seasons of deep faithfulness, seasons of lukewarm participation, and times when my faith was truly dry, but I am looking forward to a time when there will be no more sin.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have been set apart to glorify the Lord against the backdrop of the increasingly wicked world. We are the presence of God, in human flesh, carrying on the work of Jesus. We are to be unspotted from the world, yet able to reach it.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”
II Corinthians 4:7-11 NKJV

I find it amazing that God has chosen to display His treasure in earthen vessels, flawed and fragile. It is ironic that He has made me more usable in my decline, as my vessel is all the more fragile. But my vessel has become leaky, allowing the glory to more easily spill out, as there is less and less of me within to dilute what God has done.

The temple is truly derelict, but there is coming a new and eternal temple, one glorified for eternity. I long for the day when I am made new, completed in Christ. I long even more for the day that all creation is made new, and New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ, descends to earth.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
I Corinthians 15:50-53 NKJV

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:2-4 NKJV

To my fellow seasoned saints, rejoice! All the pain and sickness we bear will give way to the eternal glory of God, and we will be made new. Every pain I experience in this world only builds up my anticipation of what is to come. Let us glory in our infirmities, because it means we are just a bit closer to the coming of the Lord!

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8:20-23 NKJV

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