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Devotional - week of April 17, 2011


BECOMING A DWELLING PLACE OF GOD

   

Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone,  in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.  Ephesians 2:20-22

 

This passage is in the context of a larger passage concerning Jews and Gentiles coming together in unity.  

 

A corner stone in a building determines the level and angle of all the other stones. First Peter 2:4-5 speaks of  believers as living stones coming to Jesus the living stone and being built up a spiritual house. When each stone lives in harmony with Jesus, there will be unity in the spiritual house—God’s temple.  

 

In the Ephesians passage, Paul goes on to say that the church will be a dwelling place for God. What a beautiful thought. Is it not a wonderful thing for a church to be characterized by the community of people around it as the place where God lives?

 

The terms “in the Lord” and “in whom” imply the concept of the individuals and the church being in union with Christ.

 

Of course, all believers are in union with Christ. God made us one with Christ when He saved us. Yet not all believers are aware of this. Because of believers not knowing that they are in union with Christ, they are not experiencing their union with Him.

 

Paul obviously has in mind that the members of the church in Ephesus know and experience their oneness with Christ that they might become God’s temple and dwelling place.

 

The possibility of a believer’s church growing into a temple of the Lord and causing the people of the community around it to think of their church as the dwelling place of God is a strong encouragement for him and his church to know and experience their oneness with Him.