Saturday, April 25, 2015

Zechariah 5-6: Building the True Temple of the Lord

Zechariah had been encouraging the Israelites to rebuild the temple, yet later he talks about a time in the future when the true temple of the Lord would be built by Jesus.

Zechariah 6: 12
And say to him, Thus says the Lord of hosts: [You, Joshua] behold (look at, keep in sight, watch) the Man [the Messiah] whose name is the Branch, for He shall grow up in His place and He shall build the [true] temple of the Lord.

Later, it is written that those who are far off (that's you and me) will assist in building the true temple of the Lord!  WOW!

Zechariah 6:15

And those who are far off shall come and help build the temple of the Lord, and you shall know (recognize and understand) that the Lord sent me [Zechariah] to you. And [your part in this] shall come to pass if you will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.

If we are to assist the Lord in building His true temple, then we should know, "What is the true temple of the Lord?"

I believe the true temple of the Lord is a spiritual temple; Ultimately, the true temple is symbolic for the Bride of Christ, Christians!  This true temple is not made with stone and mortar, but by cultivating the Holy Spirit in ourselves and in others. Notice, the fulfillment of the promise of being co-builders with the Lord rests on whether or not we diligently obey His voice. WOW!

Each time we "hear" and then "obey" what the Lord instructs, we effectively, build in ourselves and in others the true, spiritual temple of the Lord!

How have you cultivated the Spirit in yourself?

How have you stirred the Spirit in others?

I hear the Lord calling.  Will we respond in obedience?  YES!!!


Laure Covert said...

This is exciting - this think we are the promised future generation!

Beautiful Grace said...

Yes, Laure, very exciting!