Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 38:1-40:6 / 1 Timothy 3:1-16 / Psalm 119:57-64
Since 1800, every United States President has lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The estimated market value of The White House is $320 million dollars. Buckingham Palace is the home of English monarchs and is valued at $1.56 billion. It is the most expensive home in the world…a house fit for royalty!
What kind of house does God live in? God instructed Moses in the construction of a Tabernacle and His glory rested in that place. David had a desire to build God a permanent dwelling place and his son Solomon built a magnificent Temple for God. Of course, God does not need a house to dwell in as heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool. He placed His name on the Temple yet the magnificence of His presence cannot be contained in a single place.
Jesus Christ provided man redemption, forgiveness and access to God’s throne room. God choose to dwell in a new and most unusual place…in the lives of His children. The omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent creator of the universe chose to set up His residence in the heart of every believer and declared they were His temples.
Paul explains to Timothy the significance of that work to be found in Christ’s establishment of His Church. After defining qualifications and character qualities of church leadership, Paul writes, “(so) you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)
God’s people are the household of God and when they gather together in His name, that building becomes a house for God as well. Paul speaks of the building and the believers as both being “God’s household” or “The Church”. Jesus is the One who established and empowered the church. God confirms the church with His Spirit.
Being “God’s household” brings a great deal of significance and accountability. We are called to live according to Godly standards and reveal His character. We are to be vessels of honor as we house the glorious and holiness of God.
The church is God’s house because He is the architect, builder, provider, indweller and ruler. We are very conscious that the living God chooses and calls us to manifest His glory. His truth is to be the foundation, pillar and testimony of the church. In a world of compromise and deception, we must boldly declare that He alone is The Truth and The Life! Our conduct is to testify not discredit His holiness and sanctifying work. The Church…the place where God chooses to dwell!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!