Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Church as the New Temple

With the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost God's presence, previously associated with the Jerusalem temple, is now linked to the newly created church.  The church, which quickly comes to include Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles, becomes the new temple of God.  Wherever the followers of Jesus meet, God is present with them by his Spirit.  Consequently, as the church expands throughout the earth, God's dwelling place is also extended.  T. Desmond Alexander, From Eden to the New Jerusalem, p. 18.

The overwhelming evidence of the New Testament is that the church fulfills Israel as the people of God, the dwelling place of his presence, and the center of his purposes.

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