14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
This concept of a human building, built on the foundation of the Apostles with Jesus as the cornerstone is profound. The church (us) has become the dwelling place for God on earth. That really takes a lot for us to get our heads around. No matter how many times I say it, people agree with me in their heads that it is right. But the way we live, the way we talk about God and His presence often describes a people who still believe that God is out there somewhere in a holier place. We speak as if God’s presence comes when we are in a particularly good place in worship, or when we are fasting or on certain holier than us people. Today is a good day to grasp this truth, to live in this truth…You are the dwelling place of God. He is not out there somewhere, He is within you…when you are at work – He is with you, when you are being impolite in traffic - He is with you, when you are singing or doing churchy stuff – He is with you. Remember, acknowledge and live as a bearer of God here on earth. Everybody said: Amen