Temples of the Living God

We have all grown up hearing about how the Spirit of God dwells within us. This morning, our Senior Pastor made a comment that blew my mind. In the Old Testament, God was for us. In the New Testament God, was with us. Now, God is in us. But is this not something that all Christians today believe? When we believe in God, his Holy Spirit dwells in us as we are living temples.

In the Old Testament, the temple was where God’s Spirit resided. You had the temple laid out with the outer area, then the Holy Place, and then the Holy of Holies. This is where the Ark of the Covenant resided as God’s throne in the world. Then Jesus came down God incarnate and lived among man for a time until his death. When he died on the cross, the veil was torn from top to bottom which closed the Holy of Holies and God’s Spirit was unleashed in the world for all who choose to believe.

We are called temples by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:16, being compared to the Jewish temple in the Old Testament. Solomon’s temple was one of the wonders of the ancient world. It was elegant and extravagant, powerful and royal, beautiful and remarkable.

When Christianity was legalized under Constantine, Christianity rapidly became a dominant religion and began building and expanding. Christianity built massive and gorgeous cathedrals, towering over their culture showcasing their beauty and Christian symbols. Many of these cathedrals were so big, however, that they their roofs simply could not support themselves. Because of this, these cathedrals relied on big exterior extensions, known as flying buttresses, to support their roofs.

This made me wonder how many of us our more like these cathedrals than Solomon’s temple. Depending on other things to hold us up, such as pastors, family, friends, activities, or ministries. I know I have spoken about this numerous times before. On my blog, in my sermons, and in youth parent meetings. Faith, both for teens and adults, must get to a point where it is grounded in a personal belief and conviction. Our faith cannot stand on others, or when those people and things are gone, our faith falls through. It is like the parable Jesus tells about building our house on the stone or sand in Matthew 7.

So my question is, what is your faith standing on? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to ensure your faith is grounded in Jesus Christ and his message? God loves you are longs for you to enter into a committed relationship with him through spending time with him.

I love you guys, and so does Jesus. I hope you continue to long for this water, and continue to drink from it as well. Until next time, blessings to you and your family,

Josh Gentry

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