New Apostolic Church USA

Come to the Temple

"Remaining in the house of the Lord" - Divine Service from Community 2018 Edition 1

Psalm 27: 4 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”

“The psalmist knew: if I really want to enjoy the care of God in all its fullness, I must go into the house of the Lord,” said the Church leader before going on to interpret the temple in three different ways.

The service of God upon man

In divine service, we can experience God, the Chief Apostle said. “This is not man’s service upon God, but rather the service that God performs upon human beings,” the Chief Apostle continued.

■ First of all, we become acquainted with the glorious will of God. So what is the will of God? God desires your salvation, my salvation, and the salvation of my neighbor.

■ Even when all human beings reach the very limits of their skill and knowledge, God still knows a way out. God always has a solution. God always has an answer.

■ Even if we have done something very terrible—provided that we feel remorse for our actions—God tells us, “All is well. I have forgiven you.”

■ We can experience the presence of God in the celebration of Holy Communion, where God encounters us, and the Lord Jesus says, “You—I love you very personally. I died for you. I am here with you. I am very close to you.”

The nearness of God in fellowship

If we want to experience the presence of God, then we cannot experience it as a solitary human being. In order to experience the care of God in full measure, we must be part of the fellowship of the believers—in other words, part of the church of Christ, the Chief Apostle continued.

The plea to be permitted to dwell in the house of the Lord thus actually incorporates the following concrete supplications to God:

■ help me to overcome all the things that separate me from You.

■ no matter what happens, please allow me to recognize that You have brought us together.

■ let us serve together; let us work together; let us overcome together.

And how can the glory of God be experienced in fellowship?

■ Wherever the congregation assembles in the name of Jesus Christ, and prays together in the mind and Spirit of Jesus Christ, God will answer. He will not necessarily do what we expect of Him, but He will answer!

■ When we see how God treats His children, how patient He is at times with one or the other in his weakness, and allows him to realize, “I still love you as much as ever.”

■ When He comforts us through our brother, through our sister. And here we must say, “God has just sent you to me.”

The dwelling place of God within man

“Then there is also a third kind of temple: God, the Holy Spirit, has taken up an enduring dwelling within us,” the Chief Apostle said. “May it also be our plea to experience the presence of God within ourselves again and again!” However, for this to happen we must likewise go into the temple: we are to look into ourselves and think about what God has made of us, and what His intentions for us are.

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