God’s dwelling is a major theme through the entire Bible story — from the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the New Jersalem in Revelation. It’s closely connected with – really the fulfillment of – God’s desire and His promise. We know that this is what Jesus was summing up when he cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:37-38 with John’s interpretation that he was speaking about the Holy Spirit in vs 39).
During the tabernacle (Moses) and temple (Solomon) years, the sin that separated man and God in the garden could be set aside through animal sacrifice to allow God to once again dwell among His people. Ultimately, Jesus was the permanent sacrifice for God to dwell in those that “put on Christ” (
). Paul makes this clear in
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
among other places.