The House of Israel

Thursday, June 9, 2016

“To whom [the Lord Jesus] coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 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 2:4,5 KJV).

Now we understand the Bible term “the house of Israel.”

Jews who had come to Jesus Christ by faith, the Apostle Peter affirmed they had become “living stones,” “a spiritual house,” and “an holy priesthood.” That is, He had made them the redeemed nation God had originally purposed to make Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 12:1-3). Whenever the Scriptures talk about “the house of Israel,” it is more than just a group of people. God wanted to make the nation Israel His dwelling-place: He wanted to fill them with His life (same idea as with us, the Body of Christ; 1 Corinthians 6:19). He desired to not only live with them but in them!

The writer of Hebrews wrote to Israel: “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” (3:6). Ezekiel chapter 36 had already promised: “[27] And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. [28] And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” And, Joel 3:17: “So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”

And, John 14:17: “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” Finally, Revelation 21:3, the fulfillment: “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”