Where God Resides

May 2015

Richard Rohr, the Bible scholar and spiritual leader, explains something important
about our place in God’s eyes.

He reminds us that when the first stone temple of the Jewish people was built around 950 BCE, the glory of God (fire and cloud from heaven) descended and filled the Temple (1 Kings 8:10-13). This became the assurance of Yahweh’s presence.

When the Babylonians tore down the Temple and took the Jews into exile (587 BC), it prompted a crisis of faith. The prophets persuaded the people to rebuild the Temple so God could be with them again. But this time, there is no account of the fire and glory of God descending on the rebuilt Temple (515 BC).

The absence of visible glory must have been a concern for the Jewish people and partly explains the popularity of Pharisaism, a belief that if they obeyed scriptural laws perfectly, then God would return.

Now consider Pentecost, the holy day that we will celebrate May 24. Fire from heaven descended, not on a building, but on people! They were baptized and received the Spirit (Acts 2:38-41). The Apostle Paul understood this. He wrote more than once that “You are that Temple!” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21-22).

That’s right. YOU are the Temple. You are walking around with God living inside of you, the spark of divinity lodged deep in your soul. That knowledge should add a little spring to everyone’s step!

In Christ’s Love, Pastor Gage

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