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114 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
splendor of any building on earth? Certainly the second temple,
built by Zerubbabel, even though larger, could not
compare
in
splendor to Solomon's.
But God was speaking of the temple
to which Christ sha/1
come,
at His glorious second coming as King of kings and Lord of
lords!
Jesus Christ carne the first time still in the days of Old
Covenant Israel - a carnal minded and rebellious people.
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was a material temple, even as He carne to a physical, carnal
people!
But He is coming the second time in supreme power and
glory. He will come this time to a GLORIOUS TEMPLE - a SPIRI–
TUAL,
nota materia\ temple!
Of God's Church He says, in the second chapter of Eph–
esians, "Now, therefore ye are of the household [Family] of God,
[the
CHURCH]
and are built upon the foundation of the apostles
and the prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief comer
stone, in whom
al/ the building fitly framed together groweth into
an holy temple
in the Lord" (emphasis mine, Eph.
2: 19-22).
The glorified Christ is coming to the glorified temple- with a
glory
far greater !han Solomon's temple!
Note it. Christ is
not
coming toa material building, but to His
Church, then to be GLORIFIED with Him!
Notice further, in Ephesians chapter 3: "From whom the
whole body [body of Christ - the Church!]
fitly joined together
and compacted by that which every joint supplieth
...
"(verse
16).
Now let's UNDERSTAND!
Old Testament Israel, both Church and state, lived in the
days of the first Adam. They had the one "human" spirit - they
were carnal minded, hostile against God, not subject to the law of
God. But God gave them His laws (spiritual, as well as sacrificial,
ceremonial, and statutory). It proved that without the
second
Spirit- the Holy Spirit ofGod, people would not turn to the right
way of life -
even though God revealed to them the knowledge
-
not only of Himself- but of His GOVERNMENT!
But the New Testament Church of God started out with
God's Holy Spirit added to the "human" spirit, even from its in–
ception.