Jesus mentioned «House» very plainly to us, «In my father’s house are many mansions.» Our mansions are in God’s house, not in any Man-made Church or Temple. We are the «Household of God» – God’s House Holds Us – safe and secure. We in them, they in us. Paul says we are Christ’s House and God’s Temple, our body holds both!
When Jesus was getting ready to die for our sins and return to the Father, he made an important statement in answer to a question from one of his disciples (John 14:23). He said, «They would see him again, the world would not!» He also declared, «They would know the Father henceforth (from this point on).»
One of his disciples asked him, «How are you going to reveal yourself to us and not the world?» His answer is startling and very much ignored by the Church Era of today…
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode (home) with him… John 14:23
«We will come to your house and live with you!» Ever hear that preached today? It is written! It explains our relationship not only to Christ but to our Father as well – We are Christ’s House and God’s Temple (They live in our physical body). It is declared by Christ himself, of himself and our Father – to us, God’s children. …Butt, Men claim Their Buildings to be God’s House… What a lie!
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: Where is the house that you build unto me? Isaiah 66:1
Paul stated clearly while speaking on Mars Hill, «God does not live in houses made with hands.» Stephen proclaimed the same thing before he was stoned to death, «The most High dwells not in temples made with hands…» (Man-made Buildings)
Jesus said, «We will make our home with you!» Families live in HOMES, not Churches, Temples, or Tabernacles! Yet, go to any Church service in a man-made building, and they say, «Welcome to the house of God.»
Jesus› love, and our love of him, has brought them to our homes. If we love him, believe him, and obey his Word, our Father will love us just as Jesus said He would! God chose us in Christ and as we respond to God’s Amazing Grace through obedience in faith, Our Father will come to our house just as Jesus said he would. We can have Them both!
We are Christ’s House and God’s Temple! They chose to be with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week – We need Them that much! Plus, God has given His angels charge over us to keep us in ALL our ways – What can any Man-made Church Building offer?
Jesus tells us in John 6:45, «You shall all be taught of God» – not by a Preacher, a School, or Semi
n tary. Any and all wisdom comes from God through Christ. Paul said he did not learn The Gospel from man, nor was he taught by any man …Butt, by the revelation of Jesus Christ!
God is first our Father, then our Teacher, just as Jesus is our Lord and Savior; who ever lives to make intercession for us. We have been filled with the Holy Ghost of Christ, and anointed with the Holy Spirit of God. We are complete in him!
To our great honor and glory, we are told by Christ how to pray, and How NOT to pray… Matthew Chapter 6 tells us: Hypocrites love to pray standing in the synagogues (Churches) and in the streets (in Public) that they may be seen of men. Jesus said, «They have their reward!»
If their reward is too be seen of men, their prayers are not honored or answered by God! I wonder why none of them pay any attention to His warning?
I see and hear a lot of Hypocritical Prayers (Pray-ers or Prayers?) on TV, prayers in public to be seen of men! This makes me sad as The Truth is for all. Jesus warned us, «Be you therefore not like them, for your Father knows what you have need of before you ask …Butt, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father which sees in secret; and your Father will reward you openly.»
Remember Psalm 91, «He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.» Your prayer closet is your Secret Place! It most certainly is in your house where Jesus said he and our Father would be – it is surely not in a Church Building you go to on Sunday or any other day.
Fix a special place for yourself to share and enjoy with Them – After you have shut the door, enjoy this quiet privacy – Knowing, God knows you are there to meet with, and be with Him and Jesus. How wonderful! A special time and place that belongs to us and Them – As They are with us in our house here, we will also share Their house there!
If you do this, the love of God and Christ will truly amaze you as you see the Scriptures come alive in your own home!!!
Paul tells us to assemble together to praise and worship God and honor Christ by using the gifts They have given us to empower each other for service… Loving one another, Helping our brothers and sisters any way we can, Feeding the Hungry and Thirsty, Taking in the Stranger, Clothing the Naked, Visiting the Sick and those in Prison, Seeking and Saving The Lost!
When we do these things…
The King shall answer and say unto us, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40
We believe we will get better at this as we spend our Secret time with God and Christ. We truly are the Family of God here on earth. If we are the Body of Christ, we are the church. Christ is not divided. There is only one Church (People who are called), one God and Father, one Lord and Savior, one Baptism, and one Family with the name of Jesus Christ in Heaven and on earth.
We are Christians who have been translated into the kingdom of Christ by God himself. We have entered into God’s rest through the operation of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. They are sufficient for all our needs! Whose house we are!
When the Last Trumpet sounds and we meet Christ in the air, it will be us – His Church, not Man-made Church Buildings… 😉
We pray you will be there! Amen