God’s glory once dwelt in the temple of Solomon.
And in the temple of lesser glory that was rebuilt before Christ visited the earth.
But when Christ died, the temple veil was torn in two, and God no longer accepted sacrifices in the temple.
And here’s something fascinating: There’s a rabbinic tradition preserved in the Talmud that says on the Day of Atonement there were three different signs that the animal sacrifices the high priest offered had been accepted by God and atonement given to the nation. In the years when the signs would come up negative, the people would be ashamed and mourn, because God had not accepted their sacrifice. “Then it says that during the last forty years before the second temple was destroyed, all three signs were negative each and every time. Think about that: Jesus was probably crucified in AD 30, and the temple was destroyed in AD 70. So from the time of his death to the time of the destruction of the temple – a period of forty years – God signaled that he no longer accepted the sacrifices and offerings of the Jewish people. Why?”
Because final atonement had been made through Yeshua, just as he had prophesied.
– Dr. Michael Brown – Finding the Real Jesus (Lee Strobel)
Christ’s death abolished the divide between us and God.
God now dwells inside all who seek him through Jesus, His Son. He no longer dwells in a set-apart building on earth. We are that building. We are set apart.
The church is now the temple of God.
Our hearts, our bodies are indwelt by him.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
“I will dwell in them and walk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
“Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.
“And do not touch what is unclean;
And I will welcome you.
“And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.
The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands
– Acts 17
We’ve all failed and defiled the temple of God (our bodies) in some way. But that’s not the end of the story.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
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