One of the best ways to know a person is to visit their home. This is because a person’s home is a place where he or she can be expressed. If a home is neat and clean then we know that a neat and clean person lives there. If a home is beautifully decorated then we know that the person who lives there appreciates beauty. The principle is the same with God. To know God we should find out where He lives and what His dwelling place is like.
God does not live in buildings made by human hands (Acts 7:48; 17:24). Therefore, it is not to a physical building that we must go in order to meet with God and to know Him. God also does not have His dwelling place in heaven (1 Kings 8:27). Although heaven is God’s throne and earth is the footstool for His feet, neither heaven nor earth is a place of rest for Him (Isaiah 66:1; 2 Chronicles 6:18). Where then does God live?
The answer is found in the Bible: “Abide in Me and I in you” (John 15:4). This verse tells us that the dwelling place that God desires is in man and with man (John 14:23). If God does not gain man, then He will be without a home. Therefore, He longs to gain a group of people so that they can be built together to be His dwelling place.
In order to gain man as His home, God Himself first became a man. The God-man Jesus was the dwelling place of God on earth (John 1:1, 14). He was God living in man; He was man expressing God (Colossians 2:9). Through death He accomplished redemption on the cross and in resurrection He became the Spirit to be received by man (1 Corinthians 15:45b). As the Spirit, God can now enter into man and live in man. Romans 8:11 says, “And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.”
Today Christ is making His home in the hearts of the believers (Ephesians 3:17) and building them together into a dwelling place of God in spirit (Ephesians 2:22). This spiritual building is the church, the house of the living God (1 Timothy 3:15). God now expresses Himself on earth in the church, His dwelling place.
To become part of God’s house, we first need to believe into Him. To believe into Him is to receive Him (John 1:12). To receive Him, simply open your heart and your mouth to the Lord and pray:
“Lord Jesus, thank You for Your desire to dwell in man.
Thank You for dying for my sins.
I open my whole being to You.
Come into me and make Your home in my heart.”
God’s home is the church and it is also in the church that we find our home. Without the church both God and man are homeless. The church is the Body of Christ; it is Christ living in all the believers.