Have you ever sat down to ponder on the love of God? Ever turned over in your mind the unrestrained, prodigal love of the Father? That the divine God, the Creator of all that exists, would love you so much as to strip Himself of all glory and honor, abandon His glorious estate, and be clothed with the lowliness of flesh so that He would reconcile fallen man to Himself. That He would come to stay on the earth, and not just stay, but be mocked, dishonored, and ultimately killed at the hands of those for whom His heart beats, so He could win their hearts!
When we think of what happened at Calvary, the beauty of it is just glaring and the heart of the Father was bare at that moment, as He poured out and gave the greatest expression of His love; Himself…
The entirety of God’s love was expressed in the gift He gave: His offering on the cross, and not just that, but also in pouring out His Spirit on us. By His actions, He said, “I give myself to you, and so we’d never be apart again, I’d dwell in you, and make a Home in you.” All of these at the price of faith in Him… Isn’t it wonderful?
Prophet Joel prophesied this in Joel 2:28, that every man would have in Him the Spirit of God and would be able to speak to God for themselves, and Christ died so this prophecy would come to pass, so because of His sacrifice, we have the Holy Spirit in us. Romans 8:9 says also that everyone who is in Christ by Faith has the Spirit of God dwelling in Him, and is sealed with the Holy Spirit till the day of redemption… This knowledge that we have God Himself dwelling in us is beautiful, but also very powerful, and as the popular statement goes, (to our Marvel fans) with great power, comes great responsibility…
In the old testament, we see that the temple of God was the most sacred thing to the people of Israel, and they regarded it with so much respect and reverence because the presence of God was there. In 1Cor 6:19, the Apostle Paul describes the believer as being the temple of the Holy Ghost, that holy place that literally houses the spirit of God here on earth.
Now, seeing that we in the new testament have become the house of God, there is a way we respond to this knowledge:
First, our confidence in God is built! We have confidence that God is always with us and we can speak to Him easily. We have peace and comfort knowing that through every situation and circumstance of life, we never walk alone, (shoutout to Liverpool fans here) but rather walk through it with God within and beside us. Matt 28:20
Second, we respond with responsibility! Apostle Paul in Chapter 6 of 1 Corinthians was addressing one of the shortcomings of the Corinthians, and He said in verse 13 that the Body is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body, meaning we are joined to God by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and we should respond accordingly, which response is seen in verse 20:
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. – 1Cor 6:20 KJV
So We don’t just rejoice with this knowledge but we also act accordingly, behaving ourselves worthy of the Lord and glorifying Him in everything we do. Blessed? Have a question? You can drop it in the comments section below. Have a wonderful day.