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Holiness Within: Where God Dwells in the Spirit


Picture of a representation of the Ark of the Covenant with the words Holiness Within on top as the title of the blog post

Did you know that we, the Body of Christ, is the place in which God dwells? In Ephesians 2:20-22, the apostle Paul beautifully captures the essence of our identity as believers, describing us as a "holy temple in the Lord." This metaphorical temple carries a deep connection to the way God describes the physical tabernacle in the book of Exodus. Let's explore how the biblical concept of keeping our temple holy mirrors God's instructions for the construction and maintenance of His sacred dwelling place.


"Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit." - Ephesians 2:20-22

In Ephesians, Paul uses architectural imagery to illustrate the unity and purpose of the Church. The believers, as living stones, form a spiritual temple with Christ as its cornerstone. This temple is not constructed with bricks and mortar but with the living, breathing souls of those who have accepted Christ.


Now, let's turn to the book of Exodus, where God provides detailed instructions for the construction of the tabernacle. The tabernacle was a portable sanctuary where God's presence dwelled among the Israelites during their journey in the wilderness. Every element, from the Ark of the Covenant to the golden lampstand, was intricately designed according to God's specific blueprint.


As we contemplate Ephesians 2:20-22 in light of the tabernacle, we see a direct correlation between the physical structure of the tabernacle and the spiritual dwelling place within believers. Just as God instructed the Israelites to keep the tabernacle holy and set apart, we are called to maintain the sanctity of our bodies and minds as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.


In Exodus, the tabernacle required purification rituals and meticulous care to ensure it remained a worthy dwelling place for God. Similarly, as the living temple, we are called to purify ourselves through repentance, prayer, and adherence to God's Word. By seeking holiness, we create an environment where God's Spirit can reside undisturbed.


The tabernacle was adorned with precious materials and craftsmanship, reflecting the glory of God. In our lives, the pursuit of holiness serves as a mirror, reflecting the character of God to the world. By aligning our actions and attitudes with God's truth, we become a testament to His glory, drawing others to the transformative power of His presence.


Ephesians 2:20-22 invites us to view ourselves as a sacred temple, intricately connected to God's design for holiness. The parallels between this living temple and the tabernacle in Exodus underscore the importance of maintaining the purity and sanctity of our lives. As we consciously align ourselves with God's blueprint for holiness, we become vessels for His presence, reflecting His glory and inviting others to experience the transformative power of a life dedicated to Him.

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