. . . you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house.

                                                (1 Peter 5:5)

Sometimes the process is painful, yet God will stay with the renovation project until He is finished with us individually. But Christians are also corporately a spiritual house. Jesus predicted that He would raise up a new temple. This new temple is not local or built of material like that of Solomon’s, but it is universal and spiritual. The Holy Spirit now literally dwells in the community of His people, so we are collectively the house of God.