Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
Through him you also are being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:20-22 (Author’s translation)
The house of David and the house of God have everything to do with each other. Throughout Israel’s history, the house of God is a golden thread running through, often tarnished, but then re-gilded. But alongside is the house of David. The house of God is the symbol of what God wants, and the house of David is the means. The house of our hearts, like the temple, is precious to God, but as the temple was so often, our hearts are filthy – God can’t live there. What is to be done? The house of David! The Son, David’s and Yahweh’s, would pour out his blood to cleanse God’s house.
This is such a key point. Too much of popular evangelical theology misses it. “Why did Jesus die,” they ask. “Oh, it was to clear our judicial record,” is the response. What’s the problem with that? Well, it’s not wrong, but it suggests that clearing a record, expunging our guilt, is the sum total of salvation. That is wrong. Salvation, as the Apostle John makes clear, is to live in God (abide in him) and for him to live in (abide in) us. I like “abide” better than all the contemporary translations because it has that flavor of “settle down” – be at home!
Paul understood salvation in this same way. Read the passage above. Does that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up? It should. “A holy temple in the Lord”; “a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Oh, my! Me? Yes, me. You? Yes, you. This is why he wants us to know how high, and deep, and wide, and long Jesus’ love is. That’s the blueprint of his house – you, and me.
And what do we see at the end of the story? “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.” (Rev. 21:3 NLT) “I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” God at home in us, we at home in him. That’s the Bible – end to end – coming home.