God’s Dwelling Place – I Kings 8:27

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!” Solomon built a temple for God and the presence of God came and filled the temple. Solomon recognized that even though he built a temple for God and the presence of God was manifest in the temple, God’s dwelling place was not on earth or between the cherumbims over the ark of the covenant in the temple that Solomon built. Solomon understood that the temple was a special place with God’s name on it (vs. 29) and so God would would look toward it from His heavenly dwelling place and hear their prayers (vs. 30). Now that God’s redemption is available to all people through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, then the manifestation of God’s Holy Spirit dwells within each believer: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” (I Corinthians 6:19). Each of us who believe are God’s temple and His name is on us and He hears our prayers by the indwelling Spirit.

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