NEW CREATION- I SAW NO TEMPLE
Jesus, in departing a large and grandiose edifice was addressed by one of his own disciples, “Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
Again, Jesus said, “…If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation”. (…And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him).
The prophet Hosea describes the works of them who forget their maker:
“Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof”.
This same Jesus, again in proximity to these works of them who forget who and what they knew, said a defining phrase, “…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”. Some who heard it, later bare false witness against him, “ We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands”. This confusion in a people steeped in tradition, and fixated with temples and buildings, the works of them that forget their maker…this confusion is perhaps understandable. But among a people who in their beginning, make a confession of Christ, to fall back to such week and beggarly misconception, is a sore and grievous error. The House which Christ is, was sown a natural house, and was raised a Spiritual house.
But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other [grain]: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh [is] not the same flesh: but [there is] one [kind of] flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, [and] another of birds. [There are] also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial [is] one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial [is] another. [There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory. So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit. Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven.
The resurrection, ( “I am the resurrection”, said Christ) …the resurrection contains not a hint or trace of any substance or material of the old creation. Jesus Christ, heir of eternal life, raised and glorified, is the new man, He and them raised with Him. These things are held to in faith. For in that in Him, in resurrection, all things are made new, and so, the apostle wrote, that faith is substance. It is the very substance in you, of the things into which Christ is raised.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
By faith, are we heirs of the body of His resurrection. For the resurrection is not about stuff and junk, it is about a body, a habitation eternal in the heavens. A flower, for all it’s facsimile to it’s plant and flower, and seed of origin, has no future without pollen. So a man or a woman, for all his or her facsimile to the creator, has no future without faith in the same. It is not enough to know about Him. It is imperative that His resurrection be in you by faith. Concerning the resurrection, many ask, “Where will I go? what will I see?”. A prophet wrote, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor yet has it has it entered into the hearts of men, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him”. The Apostle Paul tells you that by faith, the substance of these things now can enter your heart. For to the words of the prophet, by reason of the fact that the Spirit is given, Paul adds these words, “ …But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God”.
So then, the great question is not so much, where will I go? What will I see?…the great question is, …what will I be? In whose likeness will I be raised? The question is answered in large part with another question…”Who is my teacher? Who am I hearing?”
I can not know the things of God, except the Spirit of God reveal them.
Revelation 21 speaks of the manner of the Lord’s coming and appearing. For all He is in resurrection, will be revealed, and every eye will see it. In reading the chapter, it is most notable that everything Jesus said of the complete tearing down of the old, and raising of the new, all are fulfilled in Him, in resurrection. For in the New Creation man, The second man Adam, who is the Lord from heaven, in Him, and in all raised, glorified and revealed in Him, having obtained His promises by faith, in such, there is no hint of the substance of the old creation. As it is written, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things are become new”.
If you read Revelation 21 and look for a temple, you will not find one, except it be the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. He who is raised, and in whom dwells all the fullness of God bodily, and they who have obtained His promises by faith, these are the temple. There is no other. There will be no other. If I read Revelation 21, and imagine stick and stone, real estate, and objects descending from the cosmos, there is not one of these imaginary stones piled on top of another, that will not come down. Everything one may read in Revelation 21 is tabernacling in the earth now. Know ye not that ye are the temple….?