"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage (for Sun., Sept. 23, 2012)
In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 1:22 (NKJV)
There is a difference between "coming to visit" and "coming to stay". We, at times speak of a VISITATION by God. These are times when He shows up for a special time of blessing. But, God wants to do more than come for a short visit. He wants to come to STAY. He want more than visitation. He wants HABITATION.
The Church is more than a meeting - more than a place - more than a set of human relationships. The Church is WHERE GOD LIVES. The Church is God's house on earth.
Correspondingly, the Church should be the pace on earth where God does His mighty works. When we come together, His power is released in multiplied fashion. For this reason, we must be faithful to stay in fellowship. When we gather in His Name, He is IN THE MIDST.