This Is Your House
II Chronicles 7:12-16
September 12, 2004
INTRODUCTION; In the O.T. the temple served as the place of God's dwelling: His Presence. Now, I realize in the N.T., God's dwelling is in the believer.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."
With this in mind, my body is a sanctuary, the holy of holies, where God dwells; therefore, I am to glorify God. This is not only my ultimate purpose, but that is the teaching of both O.T. and N.T. truth for the body of Christ.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, our Lord laid down the conditions of obedience for the people of God to enjoy His blessings and favor.
2 Chronicles 7:14, "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
1. Demotion of Self
Humility – to bend the knee:
Leonard Ravenhill said, "The church is dying on its feet because it will not live on its knees."
2. DEVOTION TO PRAY
"Pray": To judge self habitually
3. DESIRING FOR GOD
"Seek My Face": Longing for God
4. DEDICATION TO GOD
"Turn from your wicked ways" Holiness
This passage expresses stipulations to experience God's blessings.
In v.15 the Lord answers Solomon's prayer after the completion of God's house.
2 Chronicles 7:15, "Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place."
NOTE: 2 Chronicles 6:20, 40 (Read)
Following this answered prayer, the Lord promises three things to Solomon that has become my prayer for us.
I. HIS AUTHORITY. 16
"that my name may be there forever" – name implies authority; character, rank, majesty, excellence; of anything that name covers.
1 Chronicles 22:6-7, "Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel. And David said to Solomon: 'My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house to the name of the LORD my God.'"
The temple was to be built for the "Name of the Lord," which means more than His reputation or honor, it means for His person. Specifically, God's "name" stood for the glory-cloud of His presence in the temple. When the scripture teaches that He will put His name there, it speaks of His person.
QUESTION: What are we to do with His name?
"We wear His name"
A. GLORIFY HIS NAME.
Psalms 86:9, "All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name."
Referring to the future Messianic reign
Revelation 15:4, "Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your ...
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