Today you should read: Hebrews 3:1-6
We Are The Presence Of God, In The World…
Jesus is greater than Moses. That’s our theme. Moses is definitely regarded with great respect for his faithfulness to God, but Jesus is worthy of far greater honor. Moses was God’s servant and was faithful in God’s house, but Jesus is God’s Son and the builder of God’s house. “God’s house” is a picture that speaks of the family of God, which, in the New Testament, is clearly referring to the church. In verse 6 it says, “And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” This verse means that we are the church, in his family, if we He has truly saved us. This is evidenced by us enduring in our relationship with God until the end. I think one of the most interesting things about verse 6, is that it says, “we ARE His house.” Not, “we live in His house,” or “we meet at His house,” but, we “ARE His house.”
In the Old Testament the Tabernacle and the Temple were places that signified God’s presence among His people. These places were seen as the places that God met with His people, showed Himself to His people, and dwelt with His people.
In the New Testament the church replaces these places. BUT, the difference is, a new form of “building” does not replace these “buildings”. The Tabernacle and the Temple are replaced by…PEOPLE! Believers are the church. God’s presence and God’s dwelling place is inside His people. When we come to know Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells us.
What does this mean for our lives? It means that if you know Jesus, YOU are the very presence of God, in a godless world. YOU ARE His house. He dwells in you. And so, as you go to work, class, the movies, the mall, on vacation, or anywhere else, you carry with you the presence of God. People should see God in you. They should feel God’s presence when you’re around. They should know God is active in the lives of His people when you’re near. I think this should change how we view our conversations, our friendships, and our daily activities. So ponder on this question as you think how God wants to use this truth in your life:
Does your presence resemble God’s presence when you spend time with the people in your life?
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione