Now And Until The End of Time – Life In Community
God is a relational God and He wired us, He created us, to be relational. The Garden of Eden was a temple, the place where He dwelled with Adam and Eve. In the desert, God said, “Build Me a tabernacle, so I can dwell among you.” (Exodus 25:8) God’s deep desire has always been to dwell, to tabernacle, among us.
The holy of holies in Solomon’s Temple was meant to represent the Garden of Eden. In the garden, Adam and Eve did everything in God’s presence. He created us to be in communion with Him. We are wired to live in the presence of God. We are wired for 24/7 worship in the presence of God. The primary feature of the Garden of Eden is that God walked among His people. That is the biggest thing that we lost, when Adam and Eve where expelled from the garden.
The loss of community is literally killing us. We are made for groupness, yet our society constantly celebrates individualism. We are made to live in community. What happens to us relationally affects everything. People experience human flourishing, when they serve using their minds, affections, wills, and bodies to enjoy loving relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation.
God desperately seeks you out to be in relationship. He wants to be with us in all we do, yet sin separates us from Him. The fall of man is not just a legal, transactional problem reduced to salvation, as important as that is. The problem is that we have been thrown out of the temple, the house of God – His home. Post-Eden, we are like fish out of water, because we are all wired to be in the dwelling place of God.
The problem with you and I is that we are broken human beings, incomplete in every way. It is a broken relationship with God that leads us to a broken relationship with ourselves. The way we see ourselves will be distorted outside of God, which could lead to low self-esteem or pride. When our relationships with God are broken and our perceptions of self are distorted, we cannot establish healthy relationships with others.
Broken relationships with others easily lead to broken and corrupt systems around us. When we are broken, we cannot build equitable work systems, integral organizations or even healthy families. When God is not dwelling in us, in our work, in our boardrooms or in our classrooms, our sin nature is the one driving our thought processes and decision making. When Godly principles are out, corruption and distortion comes in. Sin is the problem; Jesus Christ is the solution.
We are organically connected to Christ. He is the Head; we are the body. He is the vine; we are the branches. We are His temple and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The church is the body, the church is the temple, and when we worship, when we partake of Communion, when we are baptized in water, and when He fills us with His Holy Spirit, in every instance, He wants to be with us and in us. We are connected to Christ in every way possible, and in Him alone, we have the possibility of wholeness.
In Christ, we are new creations, and that new creation started 2,000 years ago, with His death and resurrection. He has restored us – our past, our pain and our future are secure in Him. Through the gifts of the Son and the Holy Spirit, the triune God accomplishes our reconciliation. We are no longer empty, because He dwells in us. We are no longer alienated or rejected.
We are accepted, loved and adopted. We are in Christ and Christ is in us. We are to gather together every Saturday and Sunday celebrate that we are in Him and then take that and live it out Monday through Friday. We are wired for the temple, we are wired to live all of life in His presence. He is our God and we are His people.\
Revelation 21.3-6 NIV
3 …“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”