Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bits and Pieces: The Church As God's Building

"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude," (Colossians 2:6,7).

* According to Paul's metaphor in I Corinthians 3, we as the church are God's building, founded on the Lord Jesus as the Cornerstone. Here, Paul urges us to be built up, firmly established in faith, overflowing with continual gratitude. And, the superstructure of our works reveals the depth of commitment we have to our Foundation.

* In I Corinthians 3:9, Paul likens us as the church to a building built by God. Now, here in Colossians Paul instructs us to construct a superstructure of steadfastness, faith, and gratitude. The question arises: does your life-style as the building of God reflect your Architect and Cornerstone--- the Lord Jesus Christ?

* Having taught the Corinthian Christians that the church is the building of God, Paul now exhorts the Colossian believers to be built up in Christ. With the Lord Jesus as our Cornerstone, we are to develop the superstructure of constancy in faith, obedience, and gratitude.

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