The House of God
Before there was an institution called the church, we have the house of God. So that we have to see that the house of God is not primarily an institution, but it is a relationship. Long before the tabernacle was built, and long before the temple was built, scripture speaks of the house of God. Now, it does so in the same sense that the word is used concerning the house of Abraham, and the house of Noah; the family, or the household. So, the primary meaning of House of God is not to a building. It is to a family relationship, and this is basic to the life of the church.