As the gradual ending of Covid restrictions is in sight, and we think of the future, let’s revisit an Encouragement from the ‘Archives’ reminding us that we are one in Christ; interwoven with each other, built up and joined together to be God’s dwelling place.
Stones come in all shapes and sizes. Some are smooth, others are rough. Scattered around they can be a nuisance. Piled together they can be just a heap, or a monument. However, built together, joined and fitted together with skill, stones can become a dwelling place. That is what we are!
Peter says that we are “living stones, built together to make a spiritual house”. He goes on to say that the function of this Spiritual house is to be a “Holy Priesthood” brought together to “offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. In verse four Peter refers to Jesus as a “Living Stone rejected indeed by men but chosen by God and precious” Peter goes on to teach us that Jesus is not only a ‘Living Stone’ but that He is “The Chief Corner Stone”.
Paul gives us even more revelation on what it means to be a Living Stone. “…you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” – Ephesians 2 v19-22.
Yes, we are Living Stones. We once were ‘dead’, scattered around with no purpose and no hope, but now, with Christ as our Chief Cornerstone, we are ‘alive’ and form an amazing building; God’s New Testament Temple. Love and grace form the mortar that holds us together. What a wonderful mix; and it flows through each one of us. Paul calls it “that which every joint supplies” Ephesians 4 v16. Think of it; when Jesus becomes the Lord of our lives; the Father’s love and Father’s and grace are poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and that wonderful mix is the jointing fluid that binds us together to form a “dwelling place of God” that is pulsating with praises and filled with His glory.
Jesus is indeed building His Church – with living stones.