I've been dwelling for sometime now on Revelation 11, I feel a little stuck there, as each morning I sense God telling me to go over it again. What am I suppose to learn from Revelation 11? The entire book of Revelation is wrapped in mystery. At the same time, it's also wrapped in a blessing as God promises that all who read and hear it will be blessed. I wrote to my son, who is working on his masters degree at a bible university and asked him a question about Revelation 11. He sent me a wonderful email back giving his opinion, yet still, here I am, thinking about Revelation 11! My husband and I touched on it for a few minutes yesterday morning. We discussed the temple of God in Revelation 11:1-2. I had come to a settling of this temple being God's people, for He does say that I am the temple of God. I like this verse in Ephesians 2: 19-21
"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit."
The Body of Christ is a temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple where God is at home!
The chapter of Revelation carries on stirring more questions in me, and more conversations with God. I don't have the answers, but I do wonder and wait. It will be fascinating to me to find out what God is really referring to as far as the temple in these first couple verses. It is comforting to me to remember that God's household with Jesus as the corner stone, fits together and is built together in His Spirit. We, as His children, are unified. We come together, with a strong foundation, and we grow together. There is love within the walls of God's temple, His people love each other. There is not a pushing or pulling, bickering, and back stabbing in His temple. With Jesus as the corner stone, there is love, the fruit of the Spirit, the power of His Spirit, restoration, renewal, and blessings.
Whatever temple God may be referring to, I know that I need to know these things about His body of believers. My week has been full so far, and with it I have carried some doubts about the building of His temple. But, with those doubts, He has reassured me that it will all fit together, and I am part of that fitting. The fellow saints that walk along beside me and each other are all fitting together as well, according to His plan and His purpose. Thank you Jesus!
Say That Again to me today as I go throughout my day. You Jesus are the cornerstone!