The Living House Becomes the Living City

New JerusalemIn Genesis 28 Jacob had a dream and he named that place Bethel, which means house of God. Then the tabernacle was the house of God (Mark 2:26) and later the temple was the house of God. The temple was in the city of Jerusalem but was much smaller than the city.

Both tabernacle and temple were physical pictures. Today the house of God is a living house, the church of the living God (1 Timothy 3:15). Christ is the Son of God and the great Priest over this house (Hebrews 3:610:21). This house is not a physical building but is composed of all God’s New Testament people.

The house of God today is built by Jesus Christ growing in us (Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Peter 2:2-5). At the end of the Bible we do not find the term house of God because the house has grown to become the city of God:
 the city whose Architect and Builder is God (Hebrews 11:10)
 the city which God has prepared (Hebrews 11:16)
 the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22)
 the city of God, New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12)
 the holy city, New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2)

Colossians 2:19 declares that when we hold Christ the Head, who in verse 17 is the reality of all positive things, all the Body is richly supplied and knit together and thereby grows with the growth of God. Lord, keep me holding You as my Head every day that we may be richly supplied for growth in You.

This song expresses a longing for the Lord to grow in us.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Enid Niven

     /  January 4, 2016

    Thanks Don. These posts are fantastic, they are being sent out to South Africa too. Love in Him, enid


    • Thank you for this encouragement.
      The more we hold Him, the more the rich supply can flow out.


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