Ezekiel 43:1,7 Ezekiel has witnessed in sadness the departure of the glory of the Lord from the temple (Ch.11,22,23) “and the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.” Now in (v.4) Ezekiel witness the return of the glory of God in a happy vision, “And the glory of the Lord came by the way of the gate,” What joy it is to be able to stand in the great presence of our God. Only those who have been born again know the real joy of the glory of God.
Ezekiel found himself transported in to God’s presence, as only the pure in heart may be, “ and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.” (v.5) Not only did he witness the brightness of Jehovah’s presence, but he also heard the voice of the Lord communicating his holy will, “and I heard him speaking unto me” (v.6)
Jesus declared his will to the disciples in (Lk 24:47,48.) “and, behold I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endured with power from on high. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in my name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” God can speak to man in a whisper that comforts, or in a voice that alarms the soul with its trumpet like tones, “his voice was like a noise of many waters” (v.2) The unaided intellect is incapable of perceiving spiritual realities, they must be Divinely unfolded, (I.Cor.2:9,14)
The glory of the Lord departed from the world for a time when Adam and Eve sinned. When man was sinless he enjoyed the very near presence and very close fellowship of the Lord, “and they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,” Even after Adam sinned, and before the world was utterly corrupted he visited men. We real that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord before he destroy the earth by a great flood, (Gen.6:8)
As sin advanced God retired, and there came to be no converse between earth and heaven, the glory departed from the earth. But notice (Gal.4:4) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent froth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”
God manifest himself to the world in the person of Jesus Christ, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory,“ (Jh.1:14) Men had “the light” of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” and the apostle John said of Jesus,“ In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.”He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” (Jh.1:10) The apostle Paul declared, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.” (II.Cor. 5:19)
As men looked upon Jesus Christ, as they heard his words, as they witnessed his life, as they beheld his glory, his love and power, as they had a greater vision of the glory of the Lord than that of Ezekiel as here described.
The church of Jesus Christ reveals the glory of God in the dispensation of grace. The glory of the church is the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. The presence of God is manifest by the indwelling and action of his Holy Spirit, (Acts 2:1,4)
Not only will the Lord fill the temple, the lord may also depart from a temple, why would he depart? When a church sinks down into a condition of unbelief, when a church sinks into spiritual pride and fancied independence, when a church indulgence in immorality and worldliness, when a church fails to pray, when there is division, strife, envy, hatred, revellings and jealous.
To the church in (Rev.3:14) the Lord say, “I know thy works… Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with good, I have no need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
What a need for us to pray and ask the Lord to forgive us of our sin, then may we see the glory of God in our midst. Jesus will appear again, and he will reveal the glory of his goodness and his grace, imparting the blessings which once were lost, which had taken flight, and are now renewed. When Jesus returns he will bring with him power, beauty, joy, and victory.
We are the temple of the living God. All outward displays and human distinction are as nothing to the human soul compared with the glorious presence of Almighty God in our life.
We must understand that if we do not retain our purity, our morals and our spiritual integrity, Christ will not abide with us, “What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? What communion hath light with darkness, What concord hath Christ with belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God.” (II.Cor.6:14,16)
Let there be a sincere and deep humility, let there be a earnest seeking after God in prayer, let there be a true consecration of our heart and life to Christ. Then there will be a gracious and a glorious return of God’s presence and of his blessing to our soul. “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of host: and in this place will I give peace,saith the Lord of host.” (Hag.2:9)