23 Sep A Temple for God’s Spirit
General George Washington never seriously wanted to engage the better armed British army in direct combat because he knew all he needed to do to win was to last longer than General Howe. He knew an army a long way from home across an ocean would eventually weary of the cost in manpower and treasure and go home leaving the residents of the land to their own will.
Surely after Jesus ascended back to heaven Lucifer rejoiced thinking he now had full control of this old planet. But to his dismay God was far from giving up on us. Instead the Holy Spirit was sent into the hearts of all to understand the heavenly sacrifice that was made for our rescue. Now instead of having God incarnate in the form of one Jesus of Nazareth, God would live in hearts of the millions who would believe. Jesus promised His disciples that He would be with us until the end of time. In John 14 He promised not to leave us orphaned but would sent us the Holy Spirit. And so it is that His promise was kept and each of us has the opportunity of being a temple for God’s spirit to dwell.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, . . .” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
When Jesus returned to His Father’s right hand the invasion intensified. God no longer walked only in Palestine but everywhere you and I go.
Written by Roger Bothwell on December 1, 2003.
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