Pillar in the Temple of God

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

Revelation 3:12

Within the various promises contained in the message to the seven churches that are in Asia and which are presented in chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation, the one in Revelation 3:12 is one that motivates me most to follow Jesus Christ. The Lord says, He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. What a beautiful privilege! Always be in the temple of God.

The pillar or column is a structural element very used in the construction, since it serves to support the weight of the whole structure. This is vertical and very elongated. Besides serving for structural purposes, it is also part of the ornamentation of the place, since it is used for decorative purposes, which is adorned and designed in a very aesthetic and beautiful shape. It usually has a circular section, but occasionally you can see quadrangular columns that are attached to a wall, but these are called pillars or pilasters. The classic columns are composed of a capital, a shaft and a base.

The base would correspond with the root of the tree, the shaft with the trunk and the capital the birth of its thickest branches. According to this analogy, some authors think that the primitive columns imitated the trees, because in fact they ended up replacing the trunks with columns of stone, more durable, leading also, and following with the analogy, to see in the bark of the tree the notches of the shafts. All the great civilizations since ancient times have used columns as sustainable elements of their constructions.

For civil engineers, the column is an axial element subjected to compression, thin enough with respect to its length, so that under the action of a gradually increasing load it is broken by lateral bending or buckling at a load much less than that necessary to break it by flattening. An ideal column is a homogeneous element, of constant cross section, initially perpendicular to the axis, and subjected to compression.

We have seen several important features of a column, including: it is similar to a tree, is a structural element, supports the weight of the entire structure and has vertical shape. Whoever becomes the pillar of the temple of God will have these characteristics. In Jeremiah 17:7-8 we read, Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.

The pillar of God’s temple was first a tree planted by streams of water because he trusted the Lord, persevering to the end and overcoming. His reward is to be a vertical element that supports the temple structure of God. Its foundation will be sustained on the rock that is Christ and like column of the temple, the position is permanent next to Him. God bless you.

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