This is the House That Jesus Built

He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. … but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house–whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. – Hebrews 3:2-3, 6

God’s house–it’s not a box in a tent anymore.

Sorry, Indiana Jones. If the nazi’s ever found the ark of the covenant and opened it, they would not find some face melting, flesh-eating, God of Israel trapped inside, waiting to escape. They would just find a cobwebbed old house with dusty sheets covering all the old furniture. The inscribed stones of the law may still be hanging on the living room wall, though a bit askew from the fall off the ox cart. Aaron’s rod standing in a clay pot in the parlor, still in bloom. A couple golden tumors hiding under an overstuffed chair. And the table still set for a mana dinner. But no terrifying presence.

God moved out two thousand years ago.

He relocated to a new dwelling place.

He moved in before construction on His new place was completed. The plain truth is, it’s still under construction. As any man or woman declares with their mouth, “Jesus is my Lord,” and set their trust on Him, He’s adding on. Each addition a pristine new room, perfectly suitable for the Holy Spirit’s presence.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22

The gospel, it turns out, is not about you going to heaven when you die. That’s just a side benefit. Jesus never said He was the way to heaven. He said,

no one comes to the Father but through Me.John 14:6

Our destination is the Father, and we don’t have to die to reach Him. [tweet this] The Father adds new rooms every day, not as folks die, but as they trust and confess Him as Lord.

Later in the same chapter, He continues,

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. – John 14:23

You and I, my friend, comprise the house of God, a house of His own building. And somewhere, down that long hall in the eastern wing, at the far end of the prophet’s corridor is Moses’s home. And God’s in there with Him right now!

But don’t worry. He’s in your room, too. He’s there to meet with you right now. Take some time to hang out with Him today, will you?

cropped-BenHeadshotThanks for coming by!

See you again soon,

Ben

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