Written by Heather Garner Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:40
A beautiful image for us to picture in thinking of ourselves as the Lord’s church is one He no doubt carefully chose. It’s that a being a temple for God. Read carefully 1 Peter 2:1-10, and notice verses 1-5:
“¹Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, ²As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ³If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. ⁴To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ⁵Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
What I want you to notice is this. Those people who belong to God through Jesus Christ are the living stones who are being built into God’s house. God wants us to be His temple by maturing in Jesus Christ. The most important living stone in this temple is Jesus Christ. This spiritual house of living stones is being built for a holy priesthood who will offer spiritual sacrifices to God that He accepts because of Jesus Christ.
Then Peter said of Christians that they are not only living stones being built into a spiritual house, but they are also: A chosen race (that is also what Israel had been); A royal priesthood; A holy nation (what Israel was intended to be and what Christians are to be). We are to be a people who belong exclusively to God.
When we read about the tabernacle and the temple in the Old Testament, it’s of great significance to notice what happens when God takes possession. When God took possession of the tabernacle, it was filled with the presence of God. When He took possession of the temple, it was filled with the presence of God. When God takes possession of us as His temple today, what should happen? We too should be filled with the presence of God. We as individuals should be one more living stone available to God for Him to use to build His spiritual house.
When people are around a man or a woman who is a Christian, those people should be aware that these people are filled with God’s presence. I’m not talking about Christians attracting attention to and promoting themselves through some form of manufactured, artificial behavior. I’m talking about this fact: my goal is to let my real life belong so completely to God that people cannot associate with me at work on Tuesday and not be aware that God is in control of my attitudes and behavior. I’m talking about this fact: people cannot observe my behavior on Thursday and fail to realize that I really want God to live in me. I’m talking about this fact: people who watch me as I find recreation on Saturday observe the fact that God is in charge of my life.
If I am a Christian, a part of God’s temple, God’s presence fills my life. 1 Peter 2:9-10 (KJV) “⁹But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”