Building Temple Not Made With Hands:
Here, concerning building a temple Apostle Paul stated this to the Athenians who were very religious,
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;”
Like stated earlier, the people who worshipped God in Genesis never built a physical structure. And yet they worshipped God and got what they want. It might interest you to know that Christianity existed for almost one thousand years without a known place of worship. Church services are being carried out in people’s houses and in these small houses they were filled spiritually. Interestingly, most of the big ministries in Nigeria today started off from the sitting rooms of their founders.
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When Apostle Paul left his home town to Arabia, he didn’t build any house there yet he got the best revelation there. This was possible because he was Spirit filled and therefore, the revelations came upon him not because of the place. This suggests that the revelation that is penciled down in the epistles were not conceived in a big mansion. The revelations came because of who is and at work in the life of Apostle Paul.
Jesus And The Samaritan Woman:
Again, let’s evaluate this discussion between Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Firstly we have to understand the person of Jesus. Jesus is God! And if He is God, therefore, He is the one that the temple is built and named after. In this discussion, the woman came from the stand point of accusation against the Jews. Her position is that the Jews were denying them a place in God. According to her, the Jews were invoking a notion that suggests that their act of worship can only be accepted if they come to Jerusalem.
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The woman also claimed that the Samaritans are children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This implies that she was noting that their fathers worshipped God without a physical temple. Therefore she questioned the rationale behind the Jewish claim. And Jesus in His reply put a disclaimer on the temple and whatever activities that goes on in it. “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (John 4:21).
The Lord went ahead to detail out the requirement of God which is;
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
The Temple Is A Union Of Deity And Humanity:
The implication of this is that worship is a spiritual activity that can be done from any location on this earth. It doesn’t have to be done on a specific location called Jerusalem. In another occasion, Jesus told the Jews and his audience that “But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.” (Matthew 12:6). And Jesus spoke of building a temple which is his body (John 2:21). Jesus also talked about God being in the believer and the believer being in God. See John 17:23, 26.
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Therefore the temple of God is a union of deity and humanity in one vessel. This cancels the notion that we come into the presence of God. No, the believers carry the presence of God and they don’t go to Church to appear in His presence. They bring the presence of God into the Church building. This implies that without the believers, the presence of God is not in the church building. If the believers leave the church building God leaves the church building also.
Now one may be wondering if it is important and right for the Christians to have a place to worship their God. And I will say it is right and important for Christians to have a place of worship. Again should money be lavished in putting a place of worship in place? Well, this question is very relative because it depends on what is on ground. I said this because the church is a place of training where believers are equipped.
Church Building Is A Place To Equip Believers:
Therefore, the building should be equipped in line with the level of services obtainable in that local church. This is so because the need and activities of a church that has about ten thousand worshippers cannot equate with that which has five hundred worshippers. Should money be spent in creating a kind of titivating arena in order to attract attention? Well, church is not for attention seeking. What is important is the kind of activities going on in the place. Like God told Solomon that “if what goes on in the building is not in line with His will, it means He is not there”. And it doesn’t matter if the building is painted with diamond.
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Notice that it is common to find great things happening in churches built with wood. And such great things cannot be found in the so called high and mighty churches. The difference being that those magnificent places what goes on in them is entertainment in the name of service. And in the wooden churches one finds that thorough equipping is going on among the members. However, instead of building a ‘glorious’ place in an environment that we have many poor people who are Christians. It is better to use such money to create means of income among them. See Acts 6.
Notice that no matter how a building appears glorious, in the next fifteen years such building will depreciate in value. And the depreciation will continue no matter the maintenance. Therefore, the advice is that it is important that church money is invested wisely in a way it impacts the soul and body of the members of the church. Let’s follow the example of Jesus in John 6:8-14.
About The Author:
Pastor Chukwuemeka Asiegbu is the pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry Inter’l. He has authored many books and he’s behind several online Christian articles.
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