Dwelling Places of God

A theme that has been going has been the Holy Spirit, the anointing, God’s power, God’s presence

The different words we use when taking about

Today I want to continue along these lines: Looking at another dimension of God and His Holy Spirit

Which if it wasn’t for Jesus - we wouldn’t have God in our lives - Jesus said the only to Him was through Himself

AND - the same with the Holy Spirit - we have the Holy Spirit because Jesus said: “I am going to my Father but I will send A HELPER - the Spirit of TRUTH!

Today: Dwelling Places of God - (These places we’ll be looking at are places the Holy Sprit dwells - No one has seen God - The 3rd person of the Godhead - the Holy Spirit is how God dwells with and IN man)

OLD TEST - God’s passion was to dwell amongst His people Israel

Remember - He saved Israel as a community

Ex. 24:16 Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

The Word “rested is the Hebrew word: shākan, which means “to reside or to permanently stay.”

The word Shekinah is not in the Bible - It was first introduced by Jewish rabbis - it eventually became “shekinah glory”

So let’s look at 3 dwelling places: we will spend most of our time on the 3rd one:

They are: The Spirit IN us, ON us, and AMONGST us

Spirit IN

John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (ESV)

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (ESV)

In the Old Testament the Spirit of God came ON people - they were able to do God’s will with the empowerment of His Spirit

Some things were super human - outrunning chariots - Sampson

BUT - the WERE NOT born-again

Spirit ON

Luke 24:49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you ware clothed with power from on high.” (ESV)

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

Yet there is another dimension of the Holy Spirit - That is the presence of God AMONG us:

We sometimes fail to mention this dimension - one reason is the other 2 dwelling places are so awesome

But this dwelling place is awesome, powerful, relevant

Spirit AMONG

Psa. 26:8 LORD, I love the house where you dwell, the place where your glory resides. (CSB)

Please NOTE: He not only loved the house, but he LOVED THE PRESENCE IN THE HOUSE - the PLACE where the glory dwells

Q: Do we love His house? (I do) (not because I am perfect or deserve anything)

It isn’t just a duty for me - whether I speak or not - I love HIS presence in His House - (as well as I love His presence IN me and On me)

God is IN us and ON us AND AMONG US

The following scriptures have the word “shākan” in them:

Ex. 25:8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.

Ex. 29:45 I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God.

Ex. 29:46 And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.

1 Kings 6:13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”

Zech. 2:11 “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.

And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day,.... The Gospel will be preached in all nations, and multitudes will be converted, and embrace and profess Jesus - (Gill's Exposition of Entire Bible)

Zech. 8:3 “Thus says the LORD: ‘I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the LORD of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’

New Testament

There is a place in the New Testament - where His manifested glory dwells

It’s the church

THOUGHT: when the first lockdown happened - I couldn’t say: “things have changed forever - they will never be the same”

I am referring to church and gathering together in one place

Let’s look at some scriptures and see what they say