Posted by: SandreS | April 30, 2009

Where on Earth Is God?

When it comes to a study of the dwelling place of God, there comes an amazing turn of events when we get to Paul, the Apostle. By taking the important dispensational principles and identification truths which he revealed we not only see WHO we are in Christ, but WHAT we are!

After the fall of Israel (Romans 11:11-12), God through His chosen instrument Paul (Romans 11:13) turned to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46; 28:28). In so doing, God carried out His mystery plan which He had kept secret since the world began” (Romans 16:25). The result of Christ’s finished work at Calvary is that “the riches of His grace” are now manifested. We are thus “accepted” (Ephesians 1:6), “complete” (Colossians 2:10) and blessed with “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3).

These wonderful truths are multifaceted. One of the many benefits of being “in Christ,” and there are many, is that we –those who were once “without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12) – are “now” (2:13) an “holy temple in the Lord” (2:21), “built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (2:22).

None of us could have even imagined such an astounding turn of events. Those who were strangers, without hope and without God; that we would become God’s dwelling place!

Truly, what we have been given in His “abundant grace” is,

… Exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think … (Ephesians 3:20).

He does more in “the riches of His grace” than we could ever ask or think.”

Honestly, we would never have dared to ask” God for such an honor and privilege as having Him – the Sovereign of the Universe – actually live in us, nor would we ever have even been able to think” up such a thing of magnificent grandeur.

But the God of all grace” thought of it, and He did it!

We are now the dwelling place of God. It was His design, His choice, His doing; even a marvelous work and a wonder.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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