Word of the Month

A Temple of God

October 2000

The Apostle Paul strengthened his warning against idolatry and the fellowship with unbelievers in his second letter to the Corinthians with the admonishment "for ye are the temple of the living God." (cf. 2 Corinthians 6:16). This word also applies to the church of Christ of the endtime. The temple of God - this is on the one hand the congregation filled with life and faith as a reflection of the acts and creation of God but also on the other hand, each soul that has been ennobled by the Holy Spirit that opens itself unto God's grace.

Just like a magnificent treasure was once stored in the temple in Jerusalem, so we too as the living temple of God possess a precious treasure: the gold of truth, that will not lose its value for all eternity, the pure silver of Godly love, diamonds of faithfulness to God. Diamonds are created through tremendous pressure; so too must our faithfulness to God be proven under temptation. The tears which are shed for the completion of our souls are like pearls and the virtues of God's children are like precious stones in this spiritual treasure.

A temple is also a place for divine services, sacrifices and blessing. Let us sanctify ourselves with the strength which proceeds forth out of the word and the grace which flows out of the sacrifice of Jesus; let us bring sacrifices of the heart, in that we subordinate our will to that of God; let us thankfully rejoice over the manifold blessings that the Lord grants us again and again. Then we are truly temples of the living God. Apostle Paul underlined the promise of the Lord: "I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (cf. 2 Corinthians 6:16). What a wonderful promise!

How does God live and walk among his own? In his omnipresence. In Revelation we can read how Jesus walked in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. This refers to the congregations: golden candlesticks, full of truth and light - and the Son of God in its midst. May this give us the assurance, in all circumstances of life: I am not alone! And should we ever have the feeling of being utterly forsaken, then let us remember the words of the Lord: "lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." (cf. Matthew 28:20). And when the Almighty is our God and we His people, as He has promised, then we possess a refuge, we enjoy protection and help, we receive strength, light and life.

God has purchased us as His own with Jesus' blood "out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation." (cf. Revelation 5:9). Therefore, we want to be a richly adorned temple of the living God, in which He can live!

With heartfelt greetings,<br/> Yours,

Richard Fehr