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The House of God…

Posted by on Feb 10, 2007 in definition, scripture | 4 comments

Have you ever been welcomed to the “House of God” when you were sitting in a church building? Is this a correct use of the phrase “house of God”? Look at this passage:

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses- as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. (Hebrews 3:1-6 ESV)

Notice that the author of Hebrews says that his readers are the “house of God”. Those who belong to God are his “house”, his dwelling place, over whom he, and he alone, is master. So, when you are sitting in a church building, you are not in the house of God; you are the house of God.


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  1. 2-11-2007

    On our bulletins, on the back, it welcomes us all to the House of God. I brought this to their attention a while ago – it is still there.

    I wonder what that means?

    Lew

  2. 2-11-2007

    Lew,

    As you know, from your experience, it could mean several things. It probably just means that old habits die hard.

    -Alan

  3. 5-29-2013

    Wolfgang Simson:

    “Since New Testament times, there is no such thing as ‘a house of God’.”
    http://www.3dff.com/pages/zrisky.htm

  4. 6-2-2013

    Dave,

    I actually believe there is still a “house of God” (a temple) – and it is us. I get that from Hebrews 3:6.

    -Alan