“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV
God is presently building a temple, and it doesn’t have anything to do with a literal temple in Jerusalem. The purpose for the house God is building is so that he can dwell with his people. Every born again believer, both Jew and Gentile now make up God’s holy temple. His presence is in us and his focus is on the spiritual building, his Church. It is no longer about a geographical location in the middle east, but now it’s all about God’s presence filling the entire earth.
Adam and Eves’ assignment was to be fruitful and multiply. Before they disobeyed God in the Garden, they lived in his continual presence. God saved Noah to spare the human race and expand his Glory in the earth. God also called Abraham to be the Father of not only Israel, but of all believers to come. God blessed the Nations through Israel, ultimately with Jesus our Lord and Savior. Today God has a remnant of believing Jews and Gentiles that He calls his temple – the one new man (Eph. 2:15-16). And as believers we are called to carry God’s presence throughout the earth and expand his spiritual temple.
While we should honor natural Israel – never forget that all born again believers, both Jew and Gentile are now God’s people. Why would God want to go back to types and shadows of a temple when Jesus has already fulfilled the purpose of the temple? He was the ultimate sacrifice and God’s glory can no longer be contained in a physical structure. The Holy Spirit was poured out on God’s elect on the Day of Pentecost and the temple was destroyed in 70 A. D. Jesus is literally coming back to live among his people and we need to purify ourselves as we await his arrival.