As I have grown in my appreciation for what Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension accomplished, one of the significant outcomes is the Church. After Jesus ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost and through Him, “we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Through this divine act of placing every believer into “one body” – the body of Christ, the Church, something else took place which Paul explains in such a beautiful way.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:19–21).
No buildings are needed! We need to emulate our suffering brothers and sisters around the world who have no buildings, no property, no money and no organizations, but they have Christ as their Head and center. This is the church in Iran and other persecuted places. They have His presence through the Holy Spirit, and as they gather in secret, they form the “holy temple in the Lord!”
This is what generates genuine praise and worship! While buildings have their place, they can never take the place of devoted lovers of Jesus gathering with Him as their all and everything!
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