Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thesis 38: Patriarchy and the Temple

The True Temple is in Heaven[1]; the temple in Jerusalem was but an earthly model of it.[2] This pedagogical teaching aid was destroyed at the end of the Old Covenant world.[3] The body of Jesus, the Second Adam, was a model of the New Temple, and of the Redeemed individual.[4] The Body of Christ (His Church) is now the New Temple.[5] We will never see another earthly temple (building) constructed by God’s Elect.[6]

1. Revelation 7:15; 11:19; 14:17; 15:5; 16:17; #27.
2. M.G. Kline, Images of the Spirit
3. Matthew 23:29 - 24:3ff.; Luke 21:20-22; Luke 23:44-45.
4. Matthew 12:6; John 2:19-22; Exodus 28.
5. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21; Revelation 3:12.
6. Revelation 21:22.

Roderick Campbell, "The New Temple," chap 17 in Israel and the New Covenant

The building of a temple in Jerusalem by either Jews or Moslems has no Biblical significance (except to deny the teachings of the Bible). The Bible neither prophesies or condones such a construction project.

No comments: