For men to achieve total conformity to the image of God, the people must shift their mind from focusing on the physical cathedral to perceive the heavenly realities that God has imparted in us through Jesus Christ. When Jesus was physically here on earth, He was the ultimate throne of God or the spiritual tabernacle of the Most High….(For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell. (Colossians1:19) For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians2:9).God wants to enthrone in us the same way he mounted His heavenly throne in Christ…..(And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.(Revelation 21:3)…..God has come down from heaven to tabernacle in us so that His Spirit can gradually cleanse us until we reach sinless perfection and translate to immortality. Him chosen to dwell in our hearts through the Holy Spirit means that all of those cleansing rituals that were transpiring inside of the Old Testament temple should be transpiring IN OUR HEARTS on a daily basis; we’re to purify ourselves from everything that defiles body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2Cor7:1).If each individual Christian would actually comprehend the truth that we’re representing God on earth; the most high God is living in us, we would remain holy each day, in other word, it will not be a matter of keeping a day holy for God, but to keep ourselves holy each day! Imagine, while we are hoping to go to heaven and be with God, God has come down to dwell in us first, His name is Emmanuel meaning God with us (Mathew1:23). The purpose of God making His abode in us is to fully form His nature and character in us (Galatians4:19). As God has chosen to reside in us, the best place to hear from God is within our heart not in any physical structure. As you’re looking up to hear from God, He’s speaking continuously within your heart.
It’s a pity most will say they “feel the presence of God” upon entering a building; this is due to lack of understanding and lack of spiritual maturity. We are God’s temple; you should be the carrier of the divine presence of God, wherever you go God’s presence should be present there. It’s not a matter of “feeling it” in one place, if you’re not feeling God’s divine presence until you enter a particular religious building, you have problem! As a true Christian, any where you are God’s presence must be present there (Luke5:17). People religiously say they are the temple of God, and then on Sundays they will still point to physical buildings as the house of God. The day you realize that you are God’s throne and the Almighty God is living in the center of your heart is the day you’ll begin to experience true holiness. Instead of looking up or looking at what’s going on in the physical buildings mistakenly called “the house of God” , you’ll begin to look deeply within yourself the true temple of God to see what is going on within your heart and clean up every unclean thing therein. Consider the following scripture…….
And he brought me to the door of the court (of the temple); and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.(Ezek8:7-10)….
The same way God told Ezekiel to dig a hole in the wall of the sanctuary in order to discover every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel hidden inside the sanctuary, is the same way we Christians individually should daily dig deep in our lives to discover and cleanse all sin and unclean thoughts hidden in us, for we are God’s present temple. There are still creeping things, abominable beasts and idols secretly residing in us. For instance; creeping things can represent lies, gossiping, envy, jealousy, hatred, etc. Abominable beasts in us can be anger, pride, demons of lust and so forth, while idols can be love of money, education etc. We must continue digging daily in our lives to see and clear out everything that wants to take the place of God in our life for we are God’s true temple.