Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Incarnation” part 3

“The Word of the Living Temple”

We considered the Word of the Tabernacle and how the Church is a large part of the fulfillment of it.  Perhaps a little less foreign to you is the concept of Jesus himself being the Temple.  No doubt that the Temple proper pointed to Jesus proper.  But not unlike the Tabernacle, the Temple means nothing without us because there is no need of a Temple without creation.  The Temple was obviously built for our sake and not God’s.  He does not live in something which cannot contain Him (cf. 1 Kgs. 8:27; Isa. 66:1; Acts 17:24).  The living eternal Word came to offer His Temple as a sacrifice for us so that He could build (Zech. 6:12-13) a permanent incorruptible Temple with “living stones [who] are being built up as a spiritual house” (1 Pet. 2:5) in which we will “dwell … forever” (Ps. 23:6).  Amen.

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