Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BUILDING SPIRITUAL HOUSES


        There is only one foundation that will prevail: Jesus Christ. He is the Chief Corner Stone, the stone which the builders rejected.


1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.
1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

     We are lively stones being built up into a spiritual house, placed upon the foundation of the Living Stone and Chief Corner Stone, and we are growing into our position as the dwelling place of God on the earth.

        1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
        1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.

        Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
        Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;
        Eph 2:21 In Whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord:
        Eph 2:22 In Whom ye also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

        Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands;
        Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He gives to all life, and breath, and all things;

        Zec 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and He shall grow up out of his place, and He shall build the temple of the LORD:
        Zec 6:13 Even He shall build the temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and He shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

        Exo 20:25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

         Christ shall place us where He will as He builds the temple, and He shall bear the glory and be a priest upon His throne. We are not to be "hewn" stones, not a temple made with hands but molded and shaped by our Maker, Who gives us life and breath and all things.
         So therefore it becomes apparent that Zec 6:12-13 refers to the period after the Judgment Seat of Christ in 1Co 3:13-15 above, at which time the nature of our works in building a spiritual house on the Foundation are judged and our position in the eternal temple of God is set. At this point Christ, the Master Builder, places each of us in position within the temple of the LORD. We ARE pillars in the temple of God. Rev 3:12
         Now referring back to Eph 2:19-22: we are "of the household of God" – quite literally the raw material of which the temple will be constructed. Lively, stones that are living. Read a little further: "fitly framed together grows" (stones that grow; change shape; emerge and ripen). "You also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit." As Jesus Christ Himself IS the chief corner stone then we also ARE stones set on Him, a dynamic living temple! KNOW YE NOT THAT YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD? 1Co 3:16

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