2 Corinthians 6:16-18
16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
I read this in my devotions this morning and I was struck by the word temple. The ESV Study Bible says “the word for temple (Gk. naos) refers to the MOST HOLY PLACE, where God’s presence was manifested over the ark of the covenant, not to the more general temple complex or building. (The hieron).
This reflects the amazing reality of the New Covenant, in which God dwells directly and immediately in the midst of his people, a reality inaugurated by his Holy Spirit (see 2 Cor. 3:3)
Praise God for his loving proximity to my life. You are not a God a far off but rather if we draw near to him he will draw near to us.