Where God Dwells Today — 2 Chronicles 7:16

In 2 Chronicles 7:16, the LORD promised, “I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.” The LORD’s Name and His temple would have remained in Jerusalem forever if King Solomon and the LORD’s people had remained loyal to the LORD. They did not, but the LORD always had a greater and higher plan for us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).” Jesus Christ spoke of His body as the temple of God (John 2:21). As fully God and Man, Jesus, the Son of God, indwelt a physical human body, and the eyes and heart of His Heavenly Father were always with Him.

In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple;” therefore, the eyes and heart of God our Father are always with those who follow Jesus, and the Holy Spirit indwells those who trust Him as Savior and Lord.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul wrote: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” Because Christians are the temple of the LORD and the Holy Spirit dwells within them, unlike Samson and Solomon, they can live holy to the LORD and use their bodies in ways that will glorify God. When Christians follow Jesus Christ, they can be spiritually stronger and wiser than Samson or Solomon; for “Christ in you” is “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

When we attend a Bible study class or worship service, since as Christians we are individually temples of the living God, God’s promise is fulfilled in us: “God said, ‘I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people’” (2 Corinthians 6:16). What would it mean to each of us if when we gathered together as Christians for Bible study and worship we accepted the fact that each of us is the temple of God, that God lives in each of us, that God is in us and walking among us, and we are God’s people?

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God” (Ephesians 2:19-22)

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Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God's Word and His people,
L.G.
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