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God Dwells Among Us by G.K. Beale
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Did you know that God’s ultimate mission, according to the Scriptures, is a worldwide temple? The tabernacle and the temple were localized manifestations of His presence, but this presence was never to be limited to one place or people group. His dwelling place is ultimately to fill the ends of the earth!

Authors GK Beale and Mitch Kim beautifully trace God’s plan and mission from Genesis to Revelation and they begin with Eden – the Garden temple where God commissions Adam and Eve to expand His dwelling place to the ends of the earth. Their failure through sin however does not nullify God’s plan and purpose. Instead, His plan continues through His people in the context of the Old Testament tabernacle and temple. In Jesus, the new temple, God sets in motion His original plan to expand His dwelling place to the ends of the earth. The authors rightly point out, “Christ not only begins to fulfill all that the Old Testament temple and its prophecies of the future temple represent, but Christ is the unpacked meaning for which the temple existed all along.” The glory of God that filled the tabernacle and the temple, now dwells in Jesus. God’s dwelling place then expands through the church, who function as “kingdom of priests”. They are like lampstands that shine God’s revelation to the world, by the Spirit. Eventually in the new creation, all heaven and earth will be the temple of the Lord. Heaven will indeed come and fill every part of creation. God’s mission of a worldwide temple will be accomplished. A glorious vision indeed!

The book is packed with incredible insights and shows the importance of doing Biblical theology well. I also love the mission-centered focus of the book. The authors tie worship and mission together in the initial chapters and that becomes the central strand that ties everything together through the rest of the book. Further, the concept of Eden as a temple was an eye-opener for me – I had never seen that truth laid out so plainly! I was a bit disappointed with the overall editing of the book - the book seemed uneven at times and disorganized too. But overall, every reader will benefit from the rich insights in every chapter. I am glad to commend it to you. 4 out of 5 stars!
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June 26, 2019 – Started Reading
June 26, 2019 – Shelved
July 3, 2019 – Finished Reading

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