“So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come… 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…For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them.” (Hebrews 9:11-14, NLT).
In the ancient Jewish religious order God’s presence was represented as residing in the Most Holy Place in the temple behind two sets of curtains. Only a high priest could enter into this Most Holy Place once a year and then never without a blood sacrifice, which he offered to make atonement for his sin and the sins of the people (see 9:6-7).
“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.
“Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you.” I Kings 6 describes the construction of the temple of God by King Solomon. Solomon built God’s temple of stone and cedar (vs. 7,9). The temple was three stories high (vs. 8). The inside of the temple was inlaid with gold (vs. 22). It took Solomon seven years to build it (vs. 38). You, also, are building a temple for God: “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). Instead of a temple made of stone and cedar and inlaid with gold, your body is the holy place where God’s presence now dwells. The Holy Spirit dwells in you and when you walk according to God’s will He establishes His word with you. To build God’s temple, study the Bible and allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to reveal God to you, thus establishing you in His word and obedience to His will.