God’s dwelling place

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Man is the dwelling place of God. Deep inside every man lies a private sanctum where the mysterious essence of his being dwells. This essence, without reference to any other part of the man’s complex nature, is the man’s ‘I am’ – a gift from the great ‘I AM’ who created him.

The ‘I AM’ which is God is “from everlasting to everlasting” and self-existent; the ‘I am’ which is man was created by God. Man is a pensioner in God’s bountiful provision and dependent every moment upon His creative will for continued existence. The “I AM” is the Creator, highly exulted over all, the Ancient of Days, dwelling in light unapproachable. The “I am” is a creature, a beneficiary of God’s limitless bounty and a suppliant before His throne. The Scriptures calls that human entity ‘the spirit of man’.

As God’s self-knowledge lies in the eternal Spirit, so man’s self-knowledge is by his own spirit, and his knowledge of God is by the direct impression of the Spirit of God upon the spirit of man.

Man is not a creature having a spirit but a spirit having a body. What makes man a human being is not his body but his spirit. The term “created in the image and likeness of God” may not be a physical annotation, but rather a spiritual one. Because God is a Spirit and man is a spirit having a body, then, we can say with confidence that man is created in the spiritual image of God.

The New Testament foresees a time when “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:23-24)

Here, the nature of worship is spiritual. Observing certain diet and making one day more special than the others does not make one a worshipper. Nor it can be derived from wearing certain garments and participating in some form of rituals or ceremony. Rather, it lies in the intimate union of the spirit of men and the Spirit of God – in a place where man’s “I am” and God’s I AM” have close fellowship.

The most tragic loss in the Fall of man was the vacating of this inner sanctum by the Spirit of God. At the hidden center of man’s being is a symbolic “bush” fitted to be the dwelling place of the Triune God. As God spoke to Moses through the burning bush, God continues to speak to man even today and reveals His will thru that “symbolic” bush.

This is where God originally planned to dwell. The spirit of man is long gone, captivated by the desires of this world. Still, God wants to have fellowship with man. But because that place is so intimately private, no creature can intrude. Only the Creator can enter. However, He will enter only by the invitation of faith. That place is your heart.

(Re-posted with permission and minor modifications from: verboscitech.wordpress.com)


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