Our Building IS a tool
Our building is a tool ... not a temple because God's presence isn't found in a place but in us as people.
Scripture says, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God". (1 Corinthians 6:19)
In the Old Testament, God's presence was uniquely manifested in the heart of the Temple, a place called the Holy of Holies, and access to that space was limited to the just the high priest who could enter it only once a year.
Yet when Jesus died and paid the price for our sin which had separated us from the Father, Scripture says that the veil that guarded and closed off the Holy of Holies was torn in two from top to bottom. The symbolism of this moment helped us understand that Christ's sacrifice had eliminated the barrier between God and man and made intimacy with God possible for all who believe. That invitation to intimacy culminated in Acts 2 when God sent His promised Spirit to dwell in all who would believe in and entrust themselves to Christ.
Thus we became God's temple. We are now where where His Spirit resides.
So our building, as beautiful and special as it is, is just a building. It gives us a place to gather and worship, and it provides us with an incredible opportunity to do ministry in our community. Yet it is not the church. We are. It is not God's temple. We are.
So admire the beauty of our building. Be grateful for the opportunity it gives us to serve others. But remember that it is just a tool ... YOU are God's temple!!! So glorify Him in everything YOU do.
"Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31
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