Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WE ARE HIS DWELLING PLACE!- THE TEMPLE OF GOD

Just to let you get a good idea i will give you a short history about the Temple of God. The temple of God is the House of God. We see in the Old Testament the people of Israel gave a huge priority and value to the temple of God. The temple of God was built for him to dwell. So the Israelite would do, and give everything to make sure the Temple of God looks the best and has the best.
We know that there were 3 temples built during the old and the new testament.
1. was called Solomonic temple, built by King Solomon,
2. was called Zerubebal's Temple, built after Israelities returned from Babylon, it is know that Zerubabel was the one who came with 50,000 Israelities from Babylon.
3. was called Herodian Temple, which was built by Herod the Great who promised the Jews he will build a temple for them- Actually this is the temple Jesus went and found people selling and buying things John2:16 he told them Get out here how dare you turn my Father's house into a market!
Also remember that in the wilderness the Israelities had the Terbanacle which was a portable sanctuary carried with the Israelities throught their wilderness. It was also known as the Tent of the Meeting.

Why the Temple? God wants us to understand how important is the temple to him. In the book of Revelations 11;19 God's concerns was to establish his kingdom here on earth and in heavens, (His witnesses were Elijah and Moses who really new how important God wanted his presence to dwell among his people.) because this kingdom ( Earth) the devil had been thrown with his demons Revelation 12 and he took control over it. the Word of God says in verse 7 Rev. 12 and there was war in heaven, michael and his angels fought againtst the drangon(satan) and his angels fought back. ( this is where the Spiritual Warfare began).
God was looking for a place that he can dwell and establish himself with his people. That is why God promised David that he was to build him a temple that he can dwell among his people. David wasnt able to build the temple because of what he did (1kings 5:3-5) so his son Solomon built the first Temple for God. (1kings:6 and 7)

One thing God wants us to know today is that we are the temple of the living God. Actually when Jesus Came a new covenant was established between God and his people. The word of God says that Jesus was called Emanuel meaning God with us. Through the power of the Blood of Jesus (Rev 12:10) we overcame the devil. John 14:23 If you love Jesus and accept him as your saviour, Him and Father and Holy Spirit will dwell in you ( his temple)
1Corinthians 3;16 says we are the temple of God. 1 Corithians 6:19 says we were bought by price, so Honor God with your body.

One of the laws of the Temple is Holiness, even around you ( meaning your lifestyle) Ezekiel 43;12 . We have to do something with our bodies ( temple of God). King Hezekiah who was know to be the best king in Israel, knew the secret. When he was appointed king he put God first. 2Chronicles 29:1-6 and verse 10. King Hezekiah decided to repair and concencrate the temple, even the people of Israel went and purify themsleves.

In order for God to dwell in us we have to
1. Purify ourselves
2. Concecrate ourselves to God (dedicate to do the work of God). This can be in your church, ministry. Do something for the kindom of God.
3. We should offer our bodies as living sacrifise, HOLY and acceptable before God. Romans12:1

We can not just live a luxury life if we want God to dwell in us. We have to let our selfishness go for him to use us. For him to dwell in us. In doing so is to spend more time in his presence because, in his presences there is liberty. The more you talk to him, the more he will correct you and direct your path.

I am telling you saints if God dwells in you, every person around you will know. Exodus33:7-11. The Israelities knew when Moses went in the terbanacle (tent of the meeting) Because the Glory of God will come in the terbancle and around the tent (Remember Ezekiel43:12). Every one would bow down and worshiped before God's presence. They knew Moses was different.
My prayer today is that we all keep our temples pure before God so that he can dwell in us.
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