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DEVOTIONAL
Walking on Holy ground
Richard Wasserfall
09-Feb-2004
"This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy. Such is the law of the temple.Ezekiel 43:12
“In visions of God,” Ezekiel begins his temple vision, “He took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city” (Eze 40:2). The city turned out to be the city of God, the most holy place, the place where God will live among His people forever, and the place on which John saw the new Jerusalem descending from Heaven (Rev 21:10).

Now if we cast our eyes forward to the time of this new Jerusalem, we see no temple in it, “because the Lord God Almighty and the lamb are its temple” (Rev 21:22). In this eternity, worshipping of God in the spirit and truth that Christ inaugurated at His coming, will be made perfect, for “God is Spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:24). There will be no where in the new Jerusalem, just like there will be no where in Ezekiel’s visionary temple, just like there was no where in the wilderness tabernacle where the cloud of God’s glory rested, that God’s all consuming Holy Spirit will not be.

The law of the temple is thus God’s presence, and by our glimpse of the new Jerusalem, we see that in fact, the temple stands merely as a symbolic façade, for Christ Himself is the temple (Jn 2:19). The law of the temple is Christ’s presence. So Holy is that presence, that when it was settled as a cloud on the tent of Meeting, not even Moses could enter, and the Israelites were unable to travel further until it lifted and allowed them to pack it up to move to where the cloud of God’s presence next directed them (Ex 40:35-37).

One day, God’s presence that left the temple in Ezekiel’s time, will settle again on a temple in Jerusalem, and draw His people to Him. One day, a new Jerusalem will come, and His presence will be its temple. But right now, the body of Christ is His temple – and the law of His temple is such that where His presence rests, there it is holy ground. We who walk justified in Christ, daily walk on holy ground. He has hidden his Holiness in us like treasures in jars of clay. And the working out of His plans for our lives is how the secret of that Holiness is revealed to us and unto the world. Let us then live and move only as the Spirit leads us, so the world may see the incarnation of Christ in His bride.
Holy father, thank you for Your holy treasure hidden deep inside us. May we spend our lives searching for it, and thereby finding it, not only for our and the world’s benefit, but above all for Your glory. Amen.