Love Your Church—Jesus Does! (2)
We don’t go to church, we are the church!
Imagine this: if we met for worship in the parking lot, we’d still be the church! Consider Solomon’s temple. It was planned by David the father, built by Solomon the son, and at its dedication filled with the Holy Spirit.
Here are three ways your church is just like Solomon’s temple:
1) It was built on redemption ground! Mount Moriah, the scene of Solomon’s temple, is where Abraham took his son Isaac to offer him as a sacrifice. Guess what?
Two thousand years later God led His only begotten Son up that same mountain to die for our sins. As G. D. Boardman said, ‘The cross is the only ladder high enough to touch Heaven’s threshold.’
2) Solomon’s temple was the most unique building ever constructed. It was built from stones made ready before they were brought together. They were washed, then fashioned, then fitted together. And that’s our story too, isn’t it? ‘You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house…offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’
3) The building materials (for the temple) came from many nations. We aren’t saved by race, but by grace. It’s not the blood that flows in your veins that saves you; it’s the blood that flowed from Christ’s veins that makes you righteous and accepted before God.
Two unique phrases are used to describe Solomon’s temple: ‘exceeding magnification’ (1 Chronicles 22:5 KJV); ‘famous everywhere for its greatness and beauty’ (v. 5 NCV). Great and beautiful: that’s how God feels about His church, and you should feel that way, too.
‘You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.’ 1 Peter 2:5 NIV