In this chapter we read about King David's desire to build a permanent house for God to dwell in. Since the time of Moses, God was content to dwell in the "Holy of Holies" inside the tabernacle that Moses had constructed according to the plan shown him by God. The prophet Nathan brought the word of the Lord to David that his "Seed" (Jesus, not Solomon) would build a house "for My name". We know from reading the NT, that Jesus came to earth for this very reason, to build a house for God. While Jesus lived in His earthly body He was that house. Paul stated that "in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9), in other words as long as Jesus lived in His earthly body, He contained all of God there was to have! That's why He said to His disciples in (John 16:7) "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you".
We know that Jesus came to earth primarily to redeem fallen mankind back to God, by taking upon Himself on the cross the sin of every person since Adam. But He revealed the other purpose in His first coming by stating in (Matt 16:18) "I will build My church". This church which we see being established in the book of Acts was birthed in the upper room on the evening of the very day that He arose from the tomb. (John 20:22) "He breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit". This was the birth of this church, when these first disciples received the promised Holy Spirit. Then in (Acts 2:4) we see Him being poured out on the larger group of believers to give them power to be witnesses of the resurrection! (Acts 1:8). This church of "called out ones" became a "community of the King", which is really an extension of God's family in heaven. consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We cannot understand this mystery completely with our finite minds. Once we are "born again" into God's family, the Holy Spirit moves into our lives to bring us the assurance that we are indeed children of God, and part of the "household of God" that Paul speaks of in (Eph 2:19). God has always wanted to dwell with man on earth, and now He can do that through His church. According to (Rev 21) He will spend eternity here on planet earth with His church, the "bride" that comes down from heaven as the "New Jerusalem" which will be located just above natural Jerusalem, often referred to as the "city of David". What an "awesome" way to spend eternity!! This truth has been completely obscured by certain church doctrines that have come into the church since the fourth century!
Dave Jamer 20/09/11