We (Christians) are counted as those who love God. Not only do we love God, but we have a concern to keep His expectations of us. Yes, we sometimes fail at this. But, at the end of the day, it’s something which always remains on our mind… to not disappoint Him. One of the apostles, John, quotes Jesus in explaining an incredible fact regarding those who love Him and who also do what He says…
John 14:23 (ESV)
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
Both the Father AND the Son make their home with the Christian… How amazing is that?
But, what about the Person of the Spirit you ask?
Another apostle, Paul, gives the answer in a letter that he wrote to the Corinthians…
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (ESV)
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Paul uses this truth in order to help motivate the Corinthians to realize that as a result of God dwelling within them, they are then considered to be holy. As odd as that might sound (because we each know how much we fall short of always, at every single moment, represent our Lord rightly) it’s true. In other words, being called holy is not something which is easy for us to accept. But… that’s what the Bible says, because that is what Christ did for us (I added the parenthesis in the following reference to help bring out the point being said)…
Hebrews 10:10 (ESV)
And by that will (God’s) we have been sanctified (made holy) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
In another letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminds them about this detail in order to motivate them to do better with respect to how they live their lives by quoting the Old Testament. May it also be a motivation for us to live rightly as well…
2 Corinthians 6:16 – 7:1 (ESV)
What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
Godspeed, to the brethren!
*Below is a sermon that I preached on Psalm 26 (with an emphasis on verse 8). It’s entitled…
Do You Love The Habitation of God… The Place Where His Glory Dwells?
It brings out this theme of “God’s Home.”