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When God decided to make man, He had a goal in mind. He wanted a being whom He could dwell with; therefore, He made man in His own image and likeness so that they could flow in the same realm.
This is the passion of God- to dwell with man.
Man subsequently fell; but God still found a way to redeem man and dwell with him through the shed blood because nothing can thwart the purpose of God.
Angels fell too, but God didn’t follow up on them because they were not made in His image and likeness.
He chose Israel for Himself and brought them out of Egypt to dwell with them. He said:
“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. (Exod. 29:46).
David knew about God’s passion.
“For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place:
This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”(Ps. 132:13-14).
And He became passionate about it.
“Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, or go up to the comfort of my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids. Until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Ps. 132: 3-5).
He offered to build for God a permanent dwelling place and the thought of building God a dwelling place provoked God’s blessing upon David. David provided for Solomon all the materials needed to build the dwelling place, and God came to dwell in the Sanctuary.
Though God accepted and dwelt in that man-made sanctuary, it was not His ultimate desire. He continued to make His passion clear for all those who love Him to know and be passionate about it. He spoke through Prophet Ezekiel:
“…And I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”(Ezek. 37:26-28).
Then He spoke again through Prophet Zechariah:
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.” (Zech. 2:10).
Zechariah wrote, to prepare the people for God’s passion in a new and better dispensation.
Then from the Prophets we cross over to the Gospels and Apostle John writes:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).
And going further we are told:
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...” (John 1:14).
So Christ came to offer Himself as the ultimate dwelling place of God on earth.
God found Him (Jesus) to be the perfect dwelling “place”, and the scripture tells us:
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell.” (Col. 1:19).
When Jesus, the head of the Church, was leaving the earth realm, He prayed earnestly for the unity of His spiritual body (the Church) so that God can continue to dwell in His body by the Spirit (Eph. 2:21-22).
Jesus then prayed for our unity four times in a chapter of the Bible before his death.
(John 17:11, 20, 21 & 23).
A man speaks of the crucial issues of his life when about to die. When He yielded His ghost, His blood united us. (Eph. 2:13-16). God’s dwelling place now became in the unity of believers being built together as written in Eph. 2:21-22. As we pull down walls of division in the Church this dwelling of God increases.
On the day of Pentecost when the Church was manifested, the disciples were together and God by His Spirit came down to dwell in their midst (Acts 2:3) – manifesting His passion.
This is the passion of God; hence we see even in the New Jerusalem at the end of time when we have been built up, a voice from heaven is heard saying:
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God”. (Rev. 21:3).
God’s original purpose in the Garden of Eden becomes His final purpose in the New Jerusalem.
THE PASSION OF GOD RUNS FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS TO REVELATION.
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”
…God’s Original Purpose.
“…And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”
“And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.”
“For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: this is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”
“…And I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them…”
“Shout and be glad, o daughter of Zion for I am coming, and I will dwell among you…”
“The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us....”
“In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell.”
Finally, a loud voice from the throne in heaven says:
“…Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people…”
…God’s Final Purpose!
Nothing comes before this passion of God because originally, He made mankind in His image and likeness so they can dwell together forever. No one can be separated from His image. Nothing comes after it because it is His everlasting resting package.