Sunday, January 06, 2008
By Ramone - January 2, 2008
On the night of New Year's Day I was sitting in the ofuro (Japanese bath) soaking and relaxing. Sometimes in the bath there are these little bubbles that appear all over your body, and I looked down and saw them on my chest. Randomly I began tracing on my chest -- a little curved-top box on my chest like a church out and wrote "Jesus" in it.
He's in me!
It was kind of a literal picture of what is true in Him and in the Spirit (in the realest "real"). And it felt good to see it, and weird... our natural disbelief has a hard time fathoming it! But I imagined it like a branding, a stamp, His seal, Himself! And I imagined wearing Him around (truth is, He wears me around!). And how indeed life does look different walking around knowing He is living in me & you!
I titled these pictures I drew that night "God's House". They could also be titled, "God's Temple". So often we mistakenly call a church building "God's house", but this is what Scripture specifically says:
"However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says:
'Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord.
Or where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things?' "
- Acts 7:48-50
"And we are His house"
- Hebrews 4:6
"...you are God's field, God's building."
"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple."
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own"
- 1st Corinthians 3:9, 3:16-17, 6:19
"Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."
...Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You... I in them and You in Me... I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them."
- John 17:21-26
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."
- I John 4:4
"Abide in Me, and I in you."
- John 15:4
Awhile ago I wrote two posts about "ekklesia", the church: http://fulfilledinjesus.blogspot.com/2005/06/ekklesia.html