‘“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:9
No other building in history can compare in beauty and wealth to the temple that King Solomon built for the Lord. On the day that King Solomon dedicated the house of the Lord, the Bible says that God’s glory was so strong in manifestation that the priests could not even stand up to perform their ministerial duties. 2 Chronicles 5:14 (KJV) says, “The priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” How exciting would it have been to have experienced this powerful moment in God’s glory!
However, in Acts 7:47-48 we learn that today, under the New Covenant, God no longer lives in a building made by man. For it states, “But Solomon built Him a house. However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says.” Then in 2 Corinthians 3:11 we read that the glory of God experienced under the Old Covenant cannot compare to the glory that is available to us today because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Today, the glory of God dwells in every believer!
This is exactly what the prophet Haggai was referring to when he said, “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former.” He was referring to the glory of God that dwells in every born again child of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that under the New Covenant our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Connected to this powerful New Testament promise of God’s glory living in us is the promise, “And in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of hosts.” The Hebrew the word translated as peace in our English Bible is the word shalom. It has a much deeper meaning than just peace. It actually means: happy, welfare, GOOD HEALTH, prosper, rest, safety, and whole. It means nothing broken and nothing missing.
In other words HEALTH and HEALING are a benefit of the glory of God dwelling on the inside of us. If the glory of God under the Old Covenant could bring healing (See Psalm 105:37) and financial prosperity (2 Samuel 6:10-12), how much more can the GREATER GLORY under the New Covenant bring healing to our bodies?
Confession: My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Sickness cannot live on me. God promises to fill my body with GOOD HEALTH!