Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bits & Pieces: The Church As a Spiritual House

"And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ," (I Peter 2:4,5).

* Peter speaks of the church as a spiritual house, established on the living Cornerstone of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus' desire is that we be built up through continual coming to Him, resulting in holiness and maturity.
Question: are you consistently coming to the Lord in the intimate communion of prayer?

* As a spiritual house, the Cornerstone of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ. Through daily coming to Him in prayer, we are built up in holiness and spiritual maturity. Oh, that our lives would overflow with spiritual sacrifices pleasing to our Master.

* In this unique reference to the Lord Jesus as a Living Stone, Peter likens us as the church to a spiritual house, constructed of living stones. We are built up by continually coming to our Cornerstone through prayer. The Lord's desire, then, is that we mature in holiness, firmly founded on Himself. And, oh! what pleasure that gives Him!

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