A Spiritual House

Here is a Spiritual revelation from the Word of God of what the Body of Christ, the ekklesia (church) should be.

Think for a moment of the chief stone that is laid in any foundation when a house or building is built. What is the answer? It is the cornerstone. The cornerstone will determine whether the structure is built aright and if the cornerstone is laid askew the whole building will also be askew. It is imperative that the cornerstone is 100% set aright; square and perfect in all respects or else the building would be unstable and fail structural requirements.

Now let us look at the ekklesia of God to see how He reveals His Body – the spiritual house to be built. In 1 Peter 2:4-9 our Father reveals the foundation of His ekklesia:

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: ~ 1 Peter 2:4-9

Christ is the perfect cornerstone – the chief cornerstone – set in His Body, the ekklesia. We, disciples of Christ, are revealed as the “lively (living) stones” that are built up a spiritual house. If we are living stones then how are we to be built? Now ask the Holy Spirit to let you see the structure taking form before you. Christ is the chief cornerstone set perfectly in all respects and all the living stones are connected to the foundational cornerstone forming a spiritual house. It is disciples of the LORD cleaving unto Christ – abiding in Christ Jesus that increases the living Body as more and more disciples are added to the chief cornerstone Jesus and the existing and increasing Bride of Christ. This is the living Body, which is the living ekklesia (the church) that is in oneness with the LORD who has all in accord with God’s will and purpose.

As Christ submitted to the Father in all and total obedience whilst here on earth, so we the spiritual house built together by us living stones must also in obedience with Christ as the Head of His living Body be in all and total obedience to God the Father. Hence, we are many members, but one body and if one part mourns we will all mourn and if one part rejoices we will all rejoice.

Denominations and traditions of man have corrupted the Christian walk and there is a stern warning against the church of man (the institution) and also confirmation where God indwells His Body of Christ – the living ekklesia. We see this in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, as we learn:

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

The disciples (true believers) are the temple of the living God and God will dwell in them and walk in them and only those who He indwells and walks in will have Him as their God and they shall be His people. Please re-read the portion of Scripture again. Disciples of Jesus Christ, those who truly follow the Lord Jesus Christ and are obedient to all His teachings – not those who only profess Him – don’t go to church, but are the church (the ekklesia). You cannot go to something that you are! God does not live in brick ’n mortar and glass buildings which have denomination rules:

24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; ~ Acts 17:24,25

Here is a quote, which will challenge if you are led of the Spirit:

Jesus is the Head of the Body

Jesus is the head of the church, for it is His body and He has purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28). Ephesians 1:20-23, “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. The church represents Christ on the earth. The power that drives the church is the Holy Ghost and is manifested as love (Rom 5:5). Jesus must be the sole focus of all activities within the church (His body). Colossians 1:18, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (also Eph 5:23). The religious institutes of man have actually set themselves in the place of Christ. Men are looking to these organizations to save them, rather than Jesus Christ. There is a distinction here that most are blinded to and do not see. Christ scolded the church at Ephesus because: Revelation 2:4, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Jesus must be the love of our life and our sole motivation must be to please and bring Him glory in all things. The Jews had trusted in the law to save them rather than God. They had a heartless observance and this was not God’s desire. Some have a heartless “religious observance” because their heart is on the world. Woe to you because God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb 4:12). We are not to serve buildings, personalities, or institutions. We are to serve Jesus Christ with a whole heart of devotion.

Many will say, I am of the Baptist; or I am of the Methodist; or perhaps I am of the Pentecostals (institutions – of man). Perhaps they will say, I am of Billy Graham, Charles Stanley or Benny Hinn (personalities – men); or I am of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (entities – of man). These will associate themselves with man or the institutions of man. 1 Corinthians 1:12-13, “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?” The Baptist, Methodist or whatever did not die for you, neither are they the head of the body (these are institutions of man, the Spirit brings unity, man divides). Salvation will not be found in a man (other than Christ) or a television network. We are to look to Jesus alone for our salvation. Not to doctrines, traditions, personalities, institutions, etc. Jesus Christ must be our first love and our heart must be for Him alone (Rev 2:4). Secondly we need to start putting denominational loyalties aside and look for individuals that have spiritual life and fellowship with them as members of Christ’s body. Spiritual life is found in one who has yielded totally to God and seeks His will through the Holy Spirit. This one will be living a life of demonstrated faith. If we are being led of the Spirit, then we will come to understand Christ’s gospel (not man’s doctrines). Those who are following men such as John Calvin, Jacobus Arminius, John Wesley, Martin Luther, or whoever need to repent. You are being led by doctrines and not by the Holy Spirit. Many of the religious institutions of today are based upon what men (such as the above) believed, taught and wrote about rather than Christ – and they will argue endlessly about it (strife between denominations). God’s truth is revealed through His Spirit and His Word. You may have truth, but if you do not have the Spirit, your in error. Open God’s Word and seek the Spirit’s guidance. All these competing doctrines and confusion could be cleared up if you will put your eyes upon Jesus and submit to His Holy Spirit.

All these groups who have named themselves and set up distinctions (of man) only prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are being led of man and not the Holy Spirit. Where is the unity in Christ’s body that these religious denominations/factions presume to be (Eph 4:3)? Where is the one-mindedness (Rom 15:6, 2 Cor 13:11, Php 1:27, 2:2)? Where is the love? Man separates; the Spirit brings us to unity of purpose and understanding when we will humble ourselves and be led (obedience). This cannot and will not be accomplished through the flesh. This will only happen through obedience to the Spirit. Thus man cannot convert, direct nor control. Man can humble himself and obey and this is what God requires. In other words, God will do the leading and man will do the following (in love through faith). It is through Christ that we have access by one Spirit to the Father (Eph 2:18, 3:12) and not through man’s religiosity. Man presumes much!

(Quote: Jesus said Come, Follow Me! By David Neal, Chapter 5)

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