God with Us: An Examination of Sacred Space - Creation to Consummation.
In this series, we seek to examine the Biblical concept of "The Dwelling Place of God." From a salvation historical perspective, the Bible clearly teaches that the goal of redemptive history is the reconciliation and reunification of man with God. This goal extends to the redemption of the cosmos and the ushering in of perfect order and harmony (Shalom) across the entire created order. The accomplishment of this purpose secures the everlasting institution of what was only introduced in preliminary form in the first creation, and then progressively revealed and portrayed throughout the balance of Old Testament history.
But with the coming of Christ, our Immanuel (God with us), God the Father has accomplished His purpose in full, with only the consummation of that work awaiting the return of our Lord. Our question is this: How do we understand the dwelling place of God as expressed in the Scripture from Eden, to the Tabernacle and the Temple; in the concepts of heaven and God's omnipresence; in the coming of Christ and our union with Him; in the New Heavens and the New Earth as signified by the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven? All of this to say, how does the Biblical concept of God's dwelling place ultimately speak to Christ and His coming according to the eternal purpose of God to "sum up everything in Him (Christ)"? Join us as we journey to sacred space - to the dwelling place of God!
Valley of Achor is our door of hope I found it interesting that God said he would give the valley of Achor as a door of hope. You recall, don't you that this place is where Achan and his family and all that he owned were stoned, burned with fire and buried under a huge pile of stones when it was discovered that he took to himself things under the ban. Following this mass execution God turned from his fierce anger. So, even the valley of Achor finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ. Amazing! I listened to this sermon 3 times back to back. Thank you so much Kit!
Tom Carrasco (1/16/2007)
from Denver CO
Sacred Space the uniting of God and Man Thanks Kit. I do so appreciate the new perspectives you bring to the themes of the bible. God has blessed you to do that. I have been telling most people I know and want to share Christ with, that Heaven is not a place we end up when we die, if we have believed Christ, but rather it is a metaphor for the place where Man and God dwell together in entirety. I look forward to hearing the rest of this series. God bless you and SGCC.