The Habitation of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ephesians 2:18 – For through him {Jesus Christ} we both {believers from Israel and the Gentiles} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

The word Spirit is in reference to the gift that God has given each believer and the spirit gives us personal access to the Father. Many people think that they have no real access to our heavenly Father; however, we most certainly do.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We are not estranged to God, nor are we foreign to Him, for He knows us intimately.  God has already made us one with spiritual unity before Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which gives us genuine citizenship from above – from heaven – from Him Who gave. God has also made us fellow-citizens with every other saint (every believer without exception), and we are also fellow-citizens of the actual household of the Creator.

Ephesians 2:20 – And {we, the fellow-citizens} are built upon the foundation of the {laid by the} apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:

The Apostles and Prophets are those whom God in His grace has commissioned to lay the foundation by their teaching the truth within the Church Epistles. The Epistles teach us about the true spiritual foundation of Christ, and that the entire Church of God is built upon this.

Ephesians 2:21 – In whom {in Christ} all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

It is we, the believers, who spiritually grow within the temple, and we are “framed together” to make up the true spiritual temple that is growing in the Lord. You may wonder: How in the world can people make up a temple, and how is it that we are framed together? The next verse continues:

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom {the Lord} ye also are builded {up} together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We are not only spiritually “framed together” in the temple of God, but we are also being spiritually “builded (up) together” to be the habitation of God. We know where we physically dwell, the place that we call our home, while spiritually speaking we are the place where God spiritually dwells, the place He calls His home, for we are indeed intimate members of His household. Not only do we have continued access to God, not only are we conducting our lives on the foundation of Christ, not only are we growing spiritually within the true temple of God, but we are also the place where the Creator of life has His habitation. We have access to God by the spirit that He gave us, and Ephesians 2:22 shows that God Himself inhabits the believers through or by means of the Spirit, and Spirit is the very essence of God.

Framing the Very Essence of God’s Habitation

“Ephesians 2:21 reads In whom {in Christ} all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: It is we, the believers, who spiritually grow within the temple, and we are framed together to make up the true spiritual temple that is growing in the Lord. You may wonder: How in the world can people make up a temple? Ephesians 2:22 explains, In whom {the Lord} ye also are builded {up} together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. We are not only spiritually framed together in the temple of God, but we are also being spiritually builded {up} together to be the habitation of God. We know where we physically dwell, the place that we call our home, while spiritually speaking we are the place where God spiritually dwells, the place He calls His home, for we are indeed intimate members of His dwelling. Not only do we have continued access to God, not only are we conducting our lives on the foundation of Christ, not only are we growing spiritually within the true temple of God, but we are also the place where the Creator of life has His habitation. We have access to God by the spirit that He gave us, and Ephesians 2:22 shows that God Himself inhabits the believers through or by means of the Spirit, and Spirit is the very essence of God.” ~LMJ~

Ezra – Revealing Our Spiritual Revival

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When the children of Israel (or more specifically the tribes of Judah and Benjamin) were finally released from their Babylonian captivity of seventy years (II Chronicles 36:21), they returned to Jerusalem to begin rebuilding their temple and the walls of the city (the Babylonians had destroyed their city and temple).

With the joy they had in knowing that it was God Who saved them (from bondage), they took courage to rebuild not only their lives but their relationship with God and His house, the Temple. Because of this, they began experiencing their own God-given revival. In the Book of Ezra, we can see Jesus Christ as our spiritual revival.

A spiritual revival bypasses the physical realms, for it emanates directly from God, and is manifested out from our own hearts.

Revival becomes known in our lives as the healing Word of God begins appearing real, and we actually begin relying on our God as our true sufficiency. When this happens; our believing begins growing with spiritual effervescence because God not only is holding us up and delivers us from bondage, but He is also directing our steps and we absolutely know this in our hearts.

The more we find (and discover) Jesus Christ in the Scriptures, the more he begins revealing his heavenly Father to our spiritual lives, as our spiritual revival begins growing within our lives.

Ezra 9:8-9:
-8:  And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in {from} our bondage.
-9:  For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

“For a little space grace” does not mean that God has given us a little grace for only a moment in time, rather it means that God’s grace came quickly in a moment of time. At one time in their lives (by their own rejection of God’s Word and the rejection of His instructions given to them by His prophets), they refuted God’s divine grace and care upon their lives and went into captivity. Yet when they began looking to God again, then, at that moment God’s grace was manifested to them in great abundance.

The phrase “give us a little reviving” again does not mean a teeny little reviving, but rather an instant reviving. Reviving literally means to be quickened and spiritually made alive with holy spirit.

Romans 8:11 – But if the Spirit of him {God} that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit {God’s gift of holy spirit given to you (Romans 5:5)} that dwelleth in you.

This is why our revival is spiritual, it is not just having a good feeling, but more so it is enjoyed as our hearts and lives begin changing from the inside out. It is an inner awakening to the truth that we have received Jesus Christ and that he is our Lord. He is the rebuilder of our spiritual lives, and the spiritual reviver of our souls.

As the temple in Jerusalem was rebuilt by the believers, today we allow the Master-builder, Christ Jesus into our lives.

In Christ we (collectively) make up the true Temple of God. The “nail in his holy place” (Ezra 9:8 above) means a sure guarantee, for we have Christ within for eternity.

We can become rooted, grounded, and built up into the spiritual temple made without hands (Acts 7:48 and 17:24; and Ephesians 2:21), eternal in the heavenlies, and revealed through the spiritual revival that comes to us by knowing our Christ within.

Today in God’s grace, we can believe on Jesus Christ who already has completed the work (John 2:19-22), and he freely gives to us our spiritual revival that continues blessing us.