Eph.2:18-22 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.
If you pay close attention to today’s scripture, you will discover an amazing thing. The central purpose of the local church is to be a habitation, a dwelling place for God’s Spirit. God’s intention from the very beginning was for the Lord to have intimate, personal correspondence with His people. Because of that, the Lord has chosen to manifest His presence in his local assemblies. His plan is have His tangible presence available to everyone, thus His emphasis on the local church. Today, the church world has moved far away from it’s central purpose, to be a dwelling place for the shekinah glory. Don’t get me wrong, most churches have a lot of good things going on. Great teachings about biblical truth, ministries and activities for every age and people group. Most churches do some things well, just not the main thing. If James was right in his prophesy in Acts 15 about the church being the restoration of the Tabernacle of David, then many churches, dare I say the overwhelming majority of churches, have it wrong. The key element of the Tabernacle of David was the access available to the very presence of God. That is the main function of the church, without His presence it is not church, just a group of people gathering to talk about spiritual things. Graham Truscott wrote a powerful book in 1969 called The Power of his Presence. In it, he spoke about the Tabernacle of David and the last day revival that would usher in the coming of the Lord. Here is an excerpt from that book.
“While the book of Acts most certainly records the commencement of this Restoration, it is obvious that in the book of Acts the Restoration was neither completed or perfected. Under the unction of the Holy Spirit, James, together with all the Old Testament prophets, looks down the corridors of time to an age when there will be a complete Restoration of the Tabernacle of David as a dwelling place for God’s presence. By comparing Scripture with Scripture, we shall see that this glorious Restoration is speaking of the great world-wide move of the Spirit of God at the end of the Gospel Age, just before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The good news is that these things will take place, there will be another move of the Spirit of God that will focus on the restoration of God’s Glory in His local church. We cannot settle for less. How can we settle for powerless sermons and lifeless worship, nothing less than the Shekinah Glory will do.