SERVE THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS
Jesus said: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:20-24
Many years ago, I had an unforgetable experience ...
One evening, I stood on Mars' hill and could look over at the ruins of the Akropolis. That splendid temple was the pride of Athens in Paul's day when it was filled with idolaters, temple prostitutes and all kinds of decadence. Paul was probably pointing to it when he told the men of Athens:
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, DWELLETH NOT IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS;
Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;" Acts 17:24-25 (KJV)
During that moment, as I was reflecting about Paul's message and the ruins of man's past achievements, a lady started to softly strum some chords on a stringed instrument ... we all began to sing:
"Jesus, Jesus, there is something about that name ...
Kings and kingdoms will all disappear ...
but there is something about that name."
Many church buildings today are no different than the Akropolis of Paul's day. They are splendid temples that are the pride of the men that built them --and they are filled with idolaters, and immoral people with all kinds of decadence. We can call them "Icabod"; that is: "Where is the glory? Or, "There is no glory!"
There is no glory in apostate Christianity because The Covenant with the Ten Commandments was taken from it.*
God does not dwell in temples made with hands. His Spirit abides in the hearts of a purchased people who have presented their bodies as a living sacrifice. Those people are a royal priesthood that serve their Creator in the beauty of holiness.
* "And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken." 1 Samuel 4:21-22
Ichabod = Where is the glory? or, There is no glory. KJV marginal reading.