In John 2:12-25, we see an intense scene play out. Jesus cleanses the temple of merchants and money changers. This passage shows Jesus fulfilling the prophecy laid out in Psalm 69:9:
“Zeal for your house will consume me”
He continues to speak to the people present, telling them this:
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. (John 2:19-21)
Like many other things Jesus said in his time before the crucifixion, these words were sorely misunderstood. While he spoke metaphorically, many people interpreted him literally. So what, does this mean for us? Well, we can see in the next verse (22):
When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
So later on, Jesus's words were understood in their fullness, specifically when the words were fulfilled.
Not long after his resurrection, the day of Pentecost happened. At this time, Jesus’s believers were filled with the Holy Spirit. Not only were they able to perform great signs and wonders, but the secrets of Scripture, which seemed to only be understood by Jesus, were being revealed to them by the Holy Spirit now. This enabled them to show and tell others of the truth of God’s Word and the fulfillment of it in the person of Jesus Christ.
We no longer have to wait on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us, but instead are filled at the moment of salvation. This enables us, too, to look back on the words of Jesus as well as those whose words were written in anticipation of his coming, and to comprehend and share them with those around us.
We also live in a time where most, if not all, of Scripture has been fulfilled. There’s much debate over “end times,” but for the most part there is clarity that all pertaining to Jesus’s life, and his promise of sending a helper, has been fulfilled. Its instruction and teaching is true and clear to the point that all believers may understand and grow in their love of Christ as well as in their christlikeness.
Since the beginning of the year, the District Church has been working our way through the CBR reading plan as way to improve our biblical understanding. Whether you read along with us in this journal, or choose to read on a different schedule, make sure that you are actually doing so and sharing what you find in Scripture with others around you.
Post by Jared Gibson