Where Does God Live?
1 Chronicles 17:4,11-12
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the lord has declared: You are not the one to build a house for me to live in.
For when you die and join your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong.
He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for me. And I will secure his throne forever.
This is a very interesting question…where does God actually live? If we can find it then it means that place must be very special. Our key scripture however gives some awesome insight as to where God stays. God made a covenant with David, and told David that he won’t build a temple for Him to stay in, rather one of David’s descendants will, and it’ll be a descendant that will rule in God’s kingdom forever. We can already rule out Solomon, because Solomon died, and his throne has already been destroyed, so who was this descendant that was going to build this temple for God? In verse 13 of that chapter, God made a profound statement about this descendant.
1 Chronicles 17:13 – I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my favor from him as I took it from the one who ruled before you
God said this descendant will be His son and to the descendant, God will be his Father. Scripture explains who God was speaking about here.
Hebrews 1:5 – For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” God also said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”
The writer of Hebrews took this quotation from First Chronicles and the chapter we read from. That prophesy was speaking of Jesus. Jesus was that descendant that was being prophesied about, and yes He was from the bloodline of David.
Matthew 1:1 – This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham
Jesus was that descendant that was going to build a temple, a house for God, however we know that Jesus did not build a physical temple for God, it was never recorded that He did, so where is this temple that He built?
There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am
Jesus did say that He was preparing a place for us in God’s house, and this place He was preparing was a place where both God and man would dwell. So this new place He was preparing was not just a place for God to dwell, but a place where both man and God would dwell. Isn’t that amazing. The temples we had initially where only fit to harbour God, but this new construction by Jesus was going to harbour both man and God in a supernatural way, and it’s something no human could ever achieve. Did Jesus get to prepare that place? Let’s see what the word says:
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.
With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever
So Jesus did what a priest would normally do at a temple, but this time in God’s house, and what He did in there was the preparation that He spoke about, because of this preparation, we now have a place in God. This ultimately gives us access to Gods divine temple, and gives God access to a new temple as well which we’ll see very soon. See what Apostle Paul says in Ephesians:
Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.
We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit
Wow, this blows the roof on this. We are Gods temple, God is not looking for a better building, but Christ already gave us access to become God’s living dwelling places. We are God’s temple hallelujah, Gods dwelling place. He said He will live in us as we are His people:
2 Corinthians 6:16 -.And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people
God does not live in temples made with human hands. Instead He lives in us by His Spirit, because you have been cleansed by Jesus and set as a dwelling place for God. God lives in you.
Thank you Jesus for making me your dwelling place. I know that you live in me forever and are working in me, amen.
Author – Gem