In Resurrection God’s Temple is Corporate

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have been redeemed, regenerated, and brought into a heavenly position. Although physically we are on earth, in Christ Jesus we are in heaven and heavenly. Now, through His life in us, we are being built into New Jerusalem.

New Jerusalem

*In John 2:19 the Lord told the Jews, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Lord Jesus’ physical body was a temple of God (v. 21). In John 1 there is the tabernacle, and in John 2 there is the temple. The Lord’s word in three days signifies His resurrection. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:6 that when Christ was raised, we were resurrected together with Him. Peter says further that through the all-inclusive resurrection we have all been regenerated (1 Pet. 1:3). We have been born of God and are His sons. This implies that the temple the Lord Jesus built up in three days, that is, in His resurrection, is not a single person but a corporate entity. In the Epistles we are told that the church as the Body of Christ is God’s temple. First Corinthians 3:16 says that the saints are the temple of God. The New Jerusalem as the conclusion of the Bible is the tabernacle (Rev. 21:3) and the temple (v. 22).

We praise the Lord for His resurrection. We also thank God that we were raised with Him and that we were regenerated. We are now part of the corporate temple of God which will eventually be New Jerusalem. We can pray, Lord, thank You for what You have accomplished. I open to You and ask You to give me more experience of Your resurrection life. Keep me in the reality of Your corporate Body as the real New Testament temple.

* This is an excerpt from the book Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ by Witness Lee, © LSM (details). See message 430 in online reading.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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