I have always been greatly inspired through deep meditation of how David was obsessed about building a house for God to dwell in. It may surprise many as I was, that it wasn’t God’s idea to build a physical temple, rather it was David’s. This was after many years of deep intercourse with God through fellowship and how he had captured the revelation about the residence of God. It’s amazing how he relentlessly presses in on God and weighs on him to give him the opportunity to exemplify what he could only see and experience in the spirit.
It was his dream so much so that he left enough resources for his son Solomon to finally fulfil his dream, whereas he had also provided the architectural design in very fine details by the Spirit of God.
We thank God for our very respectable bible scholars, who in many cases missed the point here having majored on how David was told by God not to build the temple but rather his son Solomon, hence focusing on the letter and not the spirit of the letter. I intend to delve into the spirit of the letter. The Ultimate question here for me, is not why David was not given the permission to build the temple, but rather I am inspired by how David through fellowship is able to capture and paint God’s concept or way of having a home on earth (The Residence of God). Furthermore, David moves on to persuade God to give him the opportunity to “prototype” the concept even though it was not yet time for that revelation to be actualized. No wonder he had a testimony amidst all the controversy as a man after God’s own heart.
There is no other psalm that demonstrates the very strings and cords of David’s heart on the very subject as he digests with God on the revelation of the Residence of God than Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” This scripture is so pregnant with unfolding revelations, so much so that, I will to God that you pause, ponder, study and meditate enough on these golden scriptures for yourself. I am very confident; it will light up a burning flame in your spirit. (Don’t take my word for it, go seeking and searching if these findings are so.)
In as much as we have designed beautiful edifice to stand as temples to worship God and to foster fellowship and I am by no means underscoring the building of temples but respectfully it’s an Old Testament revelation which is still limiting our fullest expression in the light of the New Testament. Can you envisage for a moment hosting and carrying divinity in your body? All God needed to establish his Lordship again on earth was one man who could host him permanently, here on earth.
What is God’s decisive revelation concerning His Own Residence?
In Act 7, the first martyr, Stephen being full of the Holy Ghost, summarized the whole of the old testaments scriptures, when he was arrested and brought before the council of the Sanhedrin’s for preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. In verse 48 he took time to espouse on temple worship saying “the Most High does not dwell in houses and temples made with hands; as the prophets of old had said in Isaiah 66:1-2”. The initial concept of a physical temple as described in the Old Testament (which was to pass away) was to symbolize what was and now is; a spiritual temple.
Then came Jesus on the scene, He, himself began to tweak the minds of people about this shift in revelation with respect to this very subject. Our Lord Jesus was the very first person as our forerunner to refer to his body as the temple of God, warning that the “prototype” thus (temple worship) has elapsed its testing phase. In John 2:19 “Jesus answered them, destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up again, then the Jews replied, it took forty –six years to build this temple and you will raise it up in three days? but He was speaking about the temple which was his body.”.
No wonder He was such a man of transformation, living above the circumstances of this world. A man who knew He was the very residence of God. More so He was not just talking it, He was living it. The dawn of a new dispensation, the man who was carrying God fully in his body, walking on the streets, eating and drinking, chitchatting among people. He literally carried the temple to meet people where they are not the other way round.
With reverence, the church of the wilderness (Old Testament) honored and valued the tabernacle and temple worship, made up of: The Gate, Brazen Altar and the Tabernacle Sacrifices, Laver (Basin), Menorah (Lampstand), Table of Showbread, Golden Altar of Incense, Holy of Holies and the Veil, the 10 commandments, manner which protected them in battles, defeated their enemies, provided for them in times of need and served as their health. All these artifacts were of a more spiritual essence living and active in the Man Jesus. He truly was an embodiment of all deity. Knowing this, He became the custodian and the dispenser of deity on earth. The man of Galilee, who went about doing good, healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, walking on water, turning water into wine, multiplying food, deciphering divinely coded mysteries.
Isn’t it amazing and astonishing to know that, the Man Jesus of Nazareth was not carrying any of these artifacts in the temples, neither the paraphernalia that are custom to the prophets such as the rod of Moses, the altar of sacrifice, burning incense, anointing oil, holy water, mantles, the scrolls and yet He was able to fully express God fully in His body, which is His temple without any impediments. He was the outer court, the inner court and the holy of holiest all in his body.
Too Good to be True
As if the above mentioned adulates, were not enough, Jesus began to, openly reveal an inconceivable progression on this very revelation. Alluding to us that, as much as He is the residence of God, we all as individuals and collectively as the Church will actually host God and become the residence of God, as we believe in Him. In John 14: 22-23 “Jesus was asked by his disciples, how He will reveal himself to us and not the world, then Jesus answered, if a person loves Me, he will keep my words and my father will love him and We will come and make OUR HOME (permanent abode, special dwelling place) in him.
An insight of this nature as shared by Jesus Himself is the reason He said “the works (miracles, signs and wonders) that I do, will you do also and even greater than these, these attesting signs will follow those who believe, in My name will they cast out demons, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them and they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. This revelation, should save a lot of us the stress of 40 days of fasting and prayers, looking for what we already have.
Our living reality in the New Testament is, knowing experientially that we host divinity in our human flesh as Jesus Christ who used to be the only begotten son, but now the first begotten Son did in time past. This knowledge when mixed with faith in our actions, causes the presence of God to manifest anywhere we find ourselves as Christians with ease. Hence permit me to say this “Church is not where you go to, rather church is who you are” and again I’m not taking anything away from gatherings in buildings for fellowship.
Ladies and gentlemen, officially we are, the residence and headquarters of God, His power and glory. We carry all godly angelic beings from within and have been given the right to dispatch them in prayer and worship. The next time, there is an urgent situation that demands the use of divine power and ability to change the situation, remember you host the DIVINE PERSON with HIS PRESENCE which abides permanently and you have no need going anywhere kindly use what you have. This means one man you can cause tremendous changes. At this point some collage of scriptures makes more spiritual reality to us than ever. “To present our bodies [dedicating all of ourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is our rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship: Take our everyday, ordinary life—our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life— as an offering for hosting God. Romans 12:1, coupled with the intense, fervent, heartfelt and continued, prayer (supplication or request) of ONE righteous man makes tremendous power available dynamic in its working. Jam 5:16”.
In conclusion, if you agree with me, then whether at home, work or school, we can all as individuals or collectively as a group have a fully sanctified, Holy Ghost filled service. Whether, we find ourselves on the streets, at the market square (supermarkets), barbering shop or hairdressing salon, we can fully express God’s power without any form of hesitation because we carry and host God fully as men on earth, just as Jesus did everywhere He went. This is not the time to just invite people to church but more so it is time to carry, take and convey the church to them, where ever they find themselves. It’s my joy and gladness, knowing that the Spirit of God will cause us to fully participate in this revelation through our spirit in our everyday lives, because, he that is jointed to the Lord is ONE SPIRIT with Him. God used to be very far and distanced as seen in the Old Testament revelations but now the modus operandi has changed in the first coming of Jesus and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit. We can now comprehend why Paul will say in Rom 10:6-8 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks this way: say not in your heart, who shall ascend into the heavens, to bring Christ down from above or who shall descend into the deep, that is to bring up Christ from the dead? But rather, the word is near you, even in your mouth and in their heart, which is the word of Faith we preach.
This consciousness is what the dispensation of the New Testament has been expressively and vividly teaching in the living epistles.STOP looking far, your Helper is from within.