By Michael Gilbert
January 21, 2007
“Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both” (Zechariah 6:13)
Small passages have big messages. Such is the case with Zechariah 6:13.
The Temple of the Lord
Over 500 years prior to Christ’s birth, Zechariah foretold of His building the church (temple). Of course, Jesus clarified and specified His plans for the church (Matt. 16:18, Eph. 3:10-11, etc.). He even shed His blood to establish the law of the church, the New Testament (Matt. 26:28).
He Shall Bear the Glory
Because He built the church, and not man, Christ alone bears the glory. In fact, Paul taught that one cannot worship acceptably outside of the church Christ established, for he wrote, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus…” (Eph. 3:21). The church was established for Christ’s glory, and the Father’s glory, never for satisfaction of man. This is why most reject the church of the Bible.
Christ: King & Priest
Christ is now “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (1 Tim. 6:15) as well as the Christian’s High Priest (Heb. 8:1). Therefore, man must attempt to approach God through His Word, not man’s will.