Solomon’s first act was to begin preparations for building the Temple. God blessed Solomon as he undertook this great work. The New Testament Gospel perspective is that Jesus has come to build the Temple of His body. He undertook a greater work than Solomon, for His lasts for eternity. 1 Peter 2:4-10, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Hebrews 9.
“But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?”
These words have so much depth when we consider what it is that God did for us as Father, Son and Spirit – In saving us.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6,
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
In giving us His Spirit as companion, we are little tabernacles! Even frail clay jars that we are, God dwells in us!
How amazing this is, showing the power of God that He would choose to do this, displayed through our weakness.
As well, Solomon’s second part of the above quote – A place to make offerings before our Lord.
Pauls writes in Romans 12,
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
So not only have we been reborn to be temples of God’s Spirit, but we are also able to make our lives an offering to Him!
Hallelujah, what a God we have!
* Father God Above,
Thank You for the gift of Your Spirit, that You live in Your people.
Please continue to guide and protect us, please refine us each day – Write Your word on our hearts that we might not sin against You. Sink us in self that we might rise in Thee. And plant Your word down deep and grow it, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.