Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Church is for God, not for Man
"... the temple is not for man but for the LORD God." (I Chron 29:1b)
God's highest purpose is to glorify Himself. As He is glorified, so we share in His glory. Our highest purpose is to do all things for His glory. The moment the focus shifts from the glory of God, and centres upon some other purpose, at that exact moment there is a spiritual meltdown.
Under the New Covenant, the Temple site has been relocated from the local Temple made with the hands of men in a specific location, the city of Jerusalem, to the trans-local Temple, made of living stones, specifically located where two or three or more believers are gathered together in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
This New Covenant Temple is not for man; it does not exist for humanistic objectives and purposes; it does not have a charter that identifies man as the focus of its activities and existence. This New Covenant Temple exists for one purpose, and one purpose only, to direct glory to the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and serve His purposes in time and on earth. Only in this context does the New Covenant Temple, the Church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, have legitimacy.