His Dwelling Place

The Gospel of John presents Jesus as the place where the glory of God is seen, the Greater and Final Tabernacle in which the presence of God resides. With the advent of Jesus, the genuine worship desired of men by the Father no longer is limited to any building or geographic location. From now on, takes place “in the spirit and truth.” We now experience the majesty of God and behold His nature in the “face of Jesus Christ,” the final Tabernacle of God.

The declaration that the Logos became flesh echoes the incident at Mount Sinai when God inscribed His ten “words” on the stone tablets which were thereafter housed in the Tabernacle. Only now, the Word of God “tabernacles among us” in Jesus Christ. “We beheld his glory, the glory as of an only-born from a father, full of grace and truth” – (John 1:14-18).

Portugal sunrise - Photo by Daniele Franchi on Unsplash
[Photo by Daniele Franchi on Unsplash]

The Greek verb translated as “
tabernacled” is skénoō (Strong’s - #G4637), meaning, “tabernacle, to pitch a tent.” It is related to the noun skéné or “tent,” the same word used for “tabernacle” in the Greek Septuagint version of the Book of Exodus.

God now “dwells” or “tabernacles” among His people in His Son. Yahweh commanded Israel to “construct a Sanctuary for me that I may dwell among them.” What the ancient Tabernacle foreshadowed has become very real in Jesus of Nazareth - (Exodus 25:8-9, 33:7-11).

In the wilderness, the presence of Yahweh was manifested in the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night. Just as God revealed His presence among the people of Israel in the Tabernacle, so he makes His habitation among His new covenant people in Jesus - (Exodus 40:34-35, Numbers 9:15-23).

Moreover, this same Jesus is “FULL of grace and truth.” This statement continues the imagery from Exodus. Moses asked Yahweh to show him his “glory,” however, no man could “see My face and live.” Therefore, God placed him in the “cleft of a rock” as He passed by, permitting him only to see His “backside” as He descended in the cloud and passed before Moses while proclaiming:

  • Yahweh, Yahweh, a God of compassion and grace, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and faithfulness” - (Exodus 33:17-23, 34:1-6).

Starry Sky - Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash
[Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash]

Today, the glory and nature of God are revealed in Jesus rather than barely and momentarily glimpsed in a passing cloud. Unlike Moses, his disciples behold His true glory and not just His “
backside” in the one who is truly “full of grace and truth.” God manifests His unfiltered grace and truth through His Son.

No longer is His presence restricted to any man-made structure. Jesus is the fulfillment of everything that the original Tabernacle foreshadowed, both its structure and contents. The glory of God reflected in Jesus is full, visible, and available for all men to behold, both now and forevermore.




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