Haggai 2:9 says”The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, said the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, said the LORD of hosts.
When the new temple was completed, some people were discouraged and disheartened became they remember the splendor of the temple that had been destroyed 70 years earlier.
Many of these older Jews viewed the present temple as “nothing” compared to the magnificence of the first temple built by Solomon. Sounds like you and I doesn’t it, but God encouraged the people with three promises.
(1) That God Himself would be with them to fulfill all the promises made to their faithful ancestor,verse 4
(2) God’s spirit would remain among the people verse 5
(3) the glory of God’s house in the future would be greater than anything in the past. verse 9
That was because of the powerful that eventually would take place in that temple including the ministry of Jesus and his followers as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
It’s not the beauty or unique design of a church building that determines what God will do in those places or who they can serve His purpose. The only thing that can make a lasting spiritual impact the thing we absolutely must have in our church congregation is God’s presence shown through the gifts, ministries and power of His Holy Spirit.
We must ask ourselves is the Holy Spirit active in our gatherings or is there little or no evidence of his presences and power among us?