1 Kings 6 describes the temple that Solomon built. It is quite an impressive structure, with great attention to detail, and the “best of the best.” It is massive, built with quality stones, cedar wood, all kinds of carving, and overlaid with gold.
In my mind I picture this and think of the churches and cathedrals I have visited that take my breath away. The massive structures, with beautiful stained-glass windows, lots of gold, gems and artwork. They are so ornate…
Then I think, Why? Why would we build such ornate, lavish structures?
Because they are temples, fit for a King – and not just any King, but the King of kings. The buildings display, in human terms, the splendor and majesty of the King. It seems that the goal is to evoke a sense of awe and wonder for the glory of the King.
And yet… I am reminded that the glory of our King is magnificently displayed in the person of Jesus – in God the almighty, the King of kings, taking human form – the lowliest of lowlies, the servant of all. Certainly our King is not like earthly kings. His glory is beyond our comprehension. In Jesus, He has chosen to forever have humanity be the temple of His glory.
Look at what Paul says in Acts 17:24-25 “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything”
Then in 1 Corinthians 6:19 he reminds us, “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
Our King is crowned in glory and majesty. And… wow… could it be that His glory is in me?
In Ephesians 1:15-18 Paul prays for us, “For this reason . . . I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints…”
Did you catch that? We need a Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the riches of His glorious inheritance IN the saints… Not FOR the saints, but IN the saints.
We are His glorious inheritance. The scandal of the Gospel is that our King has chosen for His glory to show through the imperfection of human vessels.
You are a carrier of His glory! His power is made perfect in your weakness. Wherever you go, let His glory shine in your life. Let Him be through you. Let others see His splendor when they see you. Let others be touched by His majesty when they come in contact with you. You are a carrier of God’s glory!
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