Building Fathers House

 

1.Introduction

WE are called to build a dwelling place for God on earth as it is in Heaven, our Father’s House!

When God created man, He had a plan and a purpose, a plan to establish His Kingdom on earth through His creation and to fellowship with man – to dwell among His people. The plan was that man through his fellowship with God, abiding in Him, would establish God’s Kingdom. In Ephesians 2:10 it is stated that God recreated us in Christ Jesus so that through Him working within us we can fulfil the good works that God intended from the beginning – to walk in fellowship with our Creator.

Gen 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Exo 29:43-45 There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by My glory. I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve me as priests. I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. John 17:23 I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.

Building Fathers House is based upon the mentioned desire of God to have fellowship with His creation. In Ephesians 2:14-21 we read about this good work that God planned from the beginning, a dwelling place for God, built not by the hand of the flesh but in the Spirit. God called his dwelling place or His House, a House of Prayer. The mentioned is emphasized in John 17:19 “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth”. Jesus did not only die on the cross for our sins, He built a bridge by which we may enter into fellowship with our Father in Heaven.

As the apostle John explained in 1 John 1:3 “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”.

Apostle Paul mentioned that 1Cor 11:23 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you” so that you can witness what you have seen and heard. This revelation through the Word of God by the Holy Spirit is only revealed in fellowship with God and Jesus Christ. When Paul got converted he said that he did not confer with flesh and blood, he went into fellowship with our Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

If I think of my conversion, I can remember that I had a desire to be in the presence of the Lord, this desire was not based on the fact that I received assurance of eternal life, (that is to know that I know I will go to Heaven), no this desire was to know the Giver of life more than the gift. In knowing the Giver of life, being in constant fellowship with our Father in Heaven through our Lord and Saviour, there is no doubt about the future. I believe it is as Enoch who walked with God, I don’t think he ever doubted where he would go, Abraham had fellowship with God and did not doubt, Moses knew when he was being called home for he was in fellowship with the Giver of life and did not focus on the gift of life. I believe that we make a mistake within the church and in reaching out to the lost, that – we as believers are drawn to the confession of the letter, teaching the Word of God, neglecting to teach about the fellowship with God and His Son. We bring the Word but the Word without the fellowship with the Giver of the very Word we proclaim is powerless!

We build by acknowledging or witnessing concerning the Wonders of God and His Son Jesus Christ but neglect that we were called to become the living temple, bringing glory unto God.

We are called to be a witness – a witness of Jesus (The anointed Son of the Living God) not to witness about Jesus Christ.