Thursday

Crystallization-study of 1 & 2 Kings – Week 8 & 9

Growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord
and
The Temple of God Filled with the Glory of God

Related Verses

1 Cor. 3:16-17
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, and such are you.

Rev. 21:22
22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

Eph. 2:22
22 In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.

1 Cor. 1:2
2 To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:

1 Cor. 6:17
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

Related Reading

In 1 Corinthians 3 the church as God’s building is the temple of God, and the One who dwells in this temple is the Spirit of God (vv. 16-17). The temple of God in verse 16 refers to the believers collectively in a certain locality, such as Corinth, whereas the temple of God in verse 17 refers to all the believers universally. The unique spiritual temple of God in the universe has its expression in many localities on earth. Each expression is the temple of God in that locality. (CWWL, 1969, vol. 3, p. 542) [Week 8, Day 5, Morning Nourishment]

Actually, the word temple [in Ephesians 2:21] should be translated “sanctuary,” meaning the central part of the temple in the Lord. Such a sanctuary is God’s dwelling place in our spirit (v. 22). The church life today is in our spirit…If you are not in your spirit, although you may be in the meeting, you are not in the church in a practical way. The church life is in our human spirit. We must always turn to our spirit, exercise our spirit, and walk according to our spirit. We should not be out of our spirit or have our being apart from our spirit. We must walk, live, act, and have our being in our spirit. When we exercise our spirit in this way, we are in the church. This is for God’s dispensing of Himself into us as life so that we may grow in the church. Both God’s dispensing and our growing are in the spirit. (CWWL, 1983, vol. 2, “The Divine Dispensing of the Divine Trinity,” p. 306) [Week 8, Day 6, Morning Nourishment]

All the local churches are part of the universal church, not something in addition to it or apart from it. All the local churches added together equal the universal church. This means that apart from the local churches there is no universal church. Hence, the building of the local church is the building of the universal church. All the local churches have just one building. The church in Anaheim does not have one building; the church in Chicago, another…However, our natural concept of the building is that there is a different building in each locality. In this universe there is just one building with a universal aspect and a local aspect. No matter how many churches there may be on earth, there is still just one building with these two aspects.

Verse 22 says that we are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit. The spirit here refers to the believers’ human spirit indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit is the Dweller, not the dwelling place…God’s Spirit dwells in our spirit. Therefore, the dwelling place of God is in our spirit. Verse 21 says that the holy temple is in the Lord, and verse 22, that the dwelling place of God is in spirit. This indicates that the Lord is one with our spirit and that our spirit is one with the Lord. To be in our spirit actually is to be in the Lord. Also, to be in the Lord is to be in the spirit. He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). We simply cannot separate our spirit from the Lord. Therefore, our spirit is the place where the building of the church is. The building is not in our mind, emotion, soul, or heart. It is absolutely a matter in our spirit. (Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 237-238) [Week 8, Day 6, Today’s Reading]

Corporate Reading: The Meaning of Human Life and a Proper Consecration, chapter 10, section(s): Meeting with New Believers by the Spirit

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