The House that God Built

Today's Bible reading: Ephesians 2:19-22

What are some important images or pictures for the Church that we find in God’s Word?  The Church is the Family of God.  The Church is the Bride of Christ.  The Church is the Body of Christ.  We find another popular New Testament image for the Church in our Epistle reading for this morning: God’s house.  In Old Testament times, God was present for His people in the Tabernacle … later the Temple.  But now He is building a greater temple in which He dwells through the person of His Spirit.

Christ is the keystone which binds the whole building together – with the apostles and prophets as the foundation.  Paul here refers to the two ministries through which God spoke directly to His New Testament people.  In the final analysis, however, the apostles and prophets - while foundational members of the early church - were considered to lay only one true foundationJesus Christ HimselfThe whole of the New Testament contains the apostolic and prophetic Word of the Lord through which He continues to build His Church.

The picture of the Church as a growing temple reminds us of the truth described in greater detail in 1 Peter 2:4–10.  To a temple belong priests and sacrifices.  God’s plan reaches its goal not merely with our personal salvation, but with the formation of the people whose great function is to act as a royal priesthood – offering the sacrifice of witness to God’s mighty acts and His Son.  God has perfected His plan for us when our whole life as Church is dedicated to His praise.

Prayer: Almighty Lord, forgive our prejudices and teach us to see Your Son in every Christian.  Help us to abandon our self-confidence and rejoice in Your grace alone; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.