His Abode

 

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” John 14:23

 

Speaking to His disciples, Jesus revealed that He would send a Helper, the Spirit of Truth, so that His followers would be empowered by God, but this Helper would be unknown to the world, for the World could not see nor know the Helper.

 

His disciple, Judas Iscariot, asked why He was not going to disclose Himself to the world and Jesus answered by saying what we saw above; anyone that keeps His word is loved by the Father and “we” will make “our” abode in Him.

 

Pointing to Christ, the prophet Ezekiel foretold of this, saying, “27 My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” (Ezekiel 37:27)

 

Jesus became the seal of the prophets: the seal of God’s word when He completed all the things of God’s will.

 

Now, “we are the temple of the living God” (2nd Corinthians 6:16), and “you are a temple of God and… the Spirit of God dwells in you” (1st Corinthians 3:16).

 

Truly the Lord has accomplished all that He foretold from the beginning, for, in Jesus Chris, the temple has been torn down and rebuilt it in 3 days (Matthew 26:61) and now God makes His abode in the children of His Word.

 

Now, faith, hope, and love remain, and the greatest of these is love.  Truly we are born of faith, walk in hope, and are the abode of God’s love!

 

What should we say, then?  Have we become God’s abode either on our own merit, or in the absence of obedience?

 

No.  We know that we have become the abode of God’s love when, according to the faith authored in Christ, we believed and obeyed God, being cleansed by His blood and restored in the Holy Spirit!

 

To this end we must strive, day by day, and refine ourselves in the presence of God’s Holy Spirit, of which we have been made into living temples, if indeed we are obedient to Him as Lord.  For we know that God will not strive with sin, nor make His abode in the disobedient.  Therefore we must listen to the voice of God and submit ourselves in humble obedience to Him, trusting that He will sustain us through to the end.

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