My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
(Ephesians 2:19 NASB)
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, (Ephesians 2:20 NASB)
in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,
(Ephesians 2:21 NASB)
in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
(Ephesians 2:22 NASB)
The new temple was being built in a revolutionary way with Jesus
Christ as the cornerstone. The apostles and prophets provided the first
layer -- the very foundation of the new temple, and now we are invited
to join in and become a part of the whole structure so that all of us
together become the place in which the Holy Spirit dwells.
This new living temple was something completely different. The
structures were now different and with Jesus as the cornerstone, the
focal point was always and forever to be him! The apostles and prophets
also marked a new phase in understanding the temple. This foundation
was made up of men and women who had gone before and helped to lay this
first layer. This grouping of individuals was a physical representation
of what Paul would say to the Galatians, that there is now no longer
"Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female." Jesus had leveled
everything out and as long as he remained the cornerstone, he could then
build upon the men and women who had been called out to become living
stones within the new temple.
So often we think of the new temple in a very individualistic way --
that the Holy Spirit dwells within me personally. While that is true,
there is also something about the corporate nature and manner in which
God works and moves. Over and over again we are reminded that as
followers of Jesus Christ we are part of something much bigger than
ourselves. We are a brick or stone in this new building. As such, we
are not to go about this Christian walk on our own, but as part of a
much larger community of faith. It is in our unity that we are able to
be the living and breathing new temple that Paul had so beautifully
envisioned. Each one of us is called to play his/her part in this new
temple, a place where heaven meets earth; where the Holy Spirit dwells
in and among the very people of God.
Lord, may I serve you as a brick within the walls of your new temple here on earth. Amen.