The house of God

Many times, we misuse Old Testament terms. One of those is the “house of God.” Many people call the building where believers meet the house of God. But what does the Bible say about the house of God?

Judgment begins at the house of God which Peter goes on to explain is us, the believers.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17

Paul says the church is the house of God and we know that the church is the people, not the building.

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15

Paul & Peter both describe the believers as God’s building.

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5

The believers, the people, are the house of God. God dwells in us. His house is not built with hands. The house of God is not made of bricks and wood. We are God’s house.

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