“Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool.” (Acts 7:48-49)



One of the most imperative challenges of the New Testament is, “Let us go on to perfection.” (Heb. 6:1) Developing spiritual maturity, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While the arena, the sphere in which this progression occurs, is “without the camp.” (Heb. 13:13) Taking the boos of Hebrews as a whole makes it clear that “outside the camp” means outside of all that which in its Judaistic nature systematizes and crystallizes Christianity into a set form which is earth-bound and final.



In the testimony of Stephen, given at the cost of his life, he dared to touch the temple, and as such touched the heart of the Jewish system. Localized temples, forms, names, orders, times and seasons, all wrapped up with creeds and dogmas. The effect of Stephen’s pronouncement was to repudiate the whole system which had at least served its purpose, and, at worst, became an empty shell and a hindrance to the spiritual.



Stephen saw something as the Spirit illuminated his inner being, that even the apostles had not yet come to, for they were still going to the temple at the hour of sacrifice, they observed circumcision, and moved within the shadow of the temple. It was this truth which Stephen saw that caused some of the first division in Christianity, and one that has carried down to this present day. The Spirit was sovereignly moving towards the true spiritual temple, and he told them that to be blind to the spiritual significance of the history of their fathers in Israel, and to continue in that blindness now that the One signified had come, was nothing less than “resisting the holy Spirit.” For the Spirit would take us past the symbols, past all the “temples made with hands,” and work in us the perfection of God’s will until we BECOME “the temple of the Living God,” (2 Cor. 6:16), in whom God’s fullness shall be pleased to dwell.






















TEMPLE MADE WITH HANDS [Ray Prinzing]          1

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