Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22
“Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets; Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:20-22)
In these verses of the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Paul is describing the Church. He is showing how Christ brought us near to God by His precious blood (v. 13) and how both believing Jews and believing Gentiles have been made one through the work of Christ on the cross (vs. 15,16). He says that we are no longer strangers and aliens, but we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (v. 19).
Now Paul uses the imagery of the temple to describe the Church. It’s foundation is built upon the apostles and prophets. One must start with the right foundation. The Church is built upon the teachings of the apostles and prophets. And Jesus Christ is the cornerstone, which holds the building together. It is the corner, and everything is supported by it and everything is held together by it.
The Church is pictured here in the process of being built. God Himself is building the Church. It will not be finished until every part is in place. Everyone whom God has chosen for this building will eventually be there (1:4). When it is finished the consummation of the present world will come.
But what is most amazing is the fact that God will live here. God lives in His Church, His beloved and chosen people. God actually comes to dwell in us, to live in us, to make His abode in us! We are being built together into a dwelling place for God. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (I Corinthians 3:16)
Lord God, it is hard for me to grasp the fact that You dwell in me. I know that You are in the process of building Your Church and that I am a building stone in it. Thank You for making Your abode in me and for making me a part of Your holy temple.
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