“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;”
Acts (of the Apostles) 17:24
“God does not dwell in temples made with hands.” Apostle Paul could have said He no longer dwells in temples made with hands but he said, as a matter of fact, that He does not.
The logic behind his saying that is that God made the world and all therein.
As long as that is true, God does not need temples made with hands. He never did. He never will.
This isn’t a fact that applies to just ancient greek temples, buddhist temples etc but to Jewish temples as well.
God never dwelt in Solomon’s temple. People who attach extra importance to worship venues have this to learn. No cathedral, however grandiose can in itself be extraordinary. Buildings will be what we make of it.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20
Be it a shopping mall, cinema or football pitch, if believers choose to pray there, something special can happen in there.
Not because of anything the building in itself carries, but because of what the believers themselves carry. Church buildings are powerful because we gather in them. Any glory witnessed in them comes from the believers.
Paul affirms this in his letter to the church at Corinth.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
1 Corinthians 3:16
The believers therefore do not come to the presence of God when they gather in a building. Believers are carriers- conduits of His presence.
The buildings, although they have their functions, cannot be the presence of God because God doesn’t and never dwells in them. He dwells in the believer!
This is why the believer can meet with God wherever and whenever. He can communicate with the Father anytime he pleases. Isn’t that amazing?
This morning, rejoice in the reality that God has made you His dwelling place- His temple.