Just like we do today, the writers and chief actors of the Old Testament felt a deep longing for the presence of God. It is symbolized in the temple ruins, and before it the temple itself, and before that the ark of the covenant and the tabernacle that housed it, and before that the Garden of Eden.
In response to this longing, God shares his ultimate mission, in which his people play a part: the expansion of Eden, the temple of God's presence, to all peoples throughout the earth.
The temple has always been a source of rich scholarship and theological reflection, but what does it mean for the church's ongoing mission in the world? G. K. Beale and Mitchell Kim take temple theology off the bookshelf and bring it to our modern-day life, where the church is instructed and exhorted in its purpose. From Eden to the new Jerusalem, we are God's temple on the earth in our day, the firstfruits of the new creation. God has always desired to dwell among us; now the church must follow its missional call to extend the borders of God's kingdom and take his presence to the ends of the earth.
"God dwelling in the midst of his people: this staggering vision is the heart of God's covenantal purposes from Genesis to Revelation. God Dwells Among Us brings decades of scholarship on this topic to a wider audience. More than that, it shows how this major biblical theme is the engine of mission in the world today. This clear and compelling study is a real feast."
"In Scripture, God dwells not only up above the world but also among us, with us and within us. Our hearts long to hear more of God?s presence, his promise to be with us. One important way for us to understand God?s presence in Scripture is through its teaching about the temple and of Jesus as the true temple. Greg Beale has developed this theme cogently in scholarly writings. In God Dwells Among Us he and Mitchell Kim have made these ideas accessible to working pastors. It is a valuable aid to preaching and an excellent antidote to the feeling of loneliness that afflicts many today. I recommend it highly."
"This approach to biblical theology, soundly exegetical and powerfully persuasive, not only will help the pastor place every text of Scripture within the context of the entire canon, but also understand every text of Scripture in terms of the everlasting purposes of God."
"This is biblical theology at its best: rich, allusive, big-picture building, and applicatory. Beale and Kim will help you see how the entire Bible centers on the theme of God's presence with his people—and what that means for daily life."
"Beale and Kim carefully emphasize the practical impacts of the 'temple' in the church, making this book especially useful for pastors and teachers. This theme can shape how we see God's mission, our churches, and ourselves."
"This comprehensive biblical study uses Eden, the tabernacle, and the temple as parallels to portray God's work with his people. . . . Each chapter has a helpful summary and extensive footnotes. The concluding practical reflections provide useful motivation for readers to live the mission of the church."
"Beale and Kim's major contribution to missiology is that their book focused on the presence of God among His people throughout biblical history. By teaming a theologian (professor) and a practitioner (pastor), both with strong academic credentials, they integrate theory and practice with fresh connections."
1. Eden: The Temple Context of Genesis 1-2
2. Expanding Eden: The Call of Genesis 1:28
3. Eden Lost: Call to the Patriarchs
4. Eden Remixed: The Earthly and Cosmic Tabernacle
5. Eden Restored: The Call of Genesis 1:28 in the Prophets
6. Eden Rebuilt: Jesus as the New Temple in the Gospels
7. Eden Expanding: The Church as the New Temple
8. Eden?s Ministry: Serving as Priests in the New Temple
9. Eden Completely Expanded: New Heavens and Earth as the New Temple
10. Why Haven?t I Seen This Before? Hermeneutical Reflections
11. Concluding Practical Reflections on Sacrifice and Conviction