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The Lord Must Build the House

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"And coming to Him as a living Stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house." 1 Peter 2:4-5

 "Unless the Lord builds the house, the weary builders toil in vain." Psalm 127:1

One day Jesus asked His disciples who the people thought He was. They told Him that some believed that He was Elijah and others that He was a Prophet. When Jesus asked them who they believed Him to be Peter quickly said, -"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!" Jesus blessed Peter saying that only the Father could have given him that revelation. Jesus went on to say that it was upon the "Rock" of that truth that He would build His Church.

 As we see in our first text, Jesus is the great Corner Stone which the builders rejected, and in our second text that the Lord Himself must build the House. The building material for this great spiritual Temple are the saints who are living stones. Jesus was rejected as the foundational Stone of the faith by the Jewish leaders of His day, but those of us whom He has called into His light have not been rejected but are specially chosen stones for the Temple of His presence. He prepares and places every chosen stone where He wants it and according to His plans.

 God planned the birth of the first-fruits, His saints. Ephesians 1 says that they were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and were predestined to be brought near as sons through Christ Jesus.

God alone chooses the living stones for the building of His Holy Dwelling, and God alone rejects dead stones unworthy of His presence, -"Rebekah, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that Godís purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of (their) works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, ĎThe older will serve the younger.í" (Rom.9) Notice that the choice of Jacob was made before the twins were born - and that choice was made to fulfill Godís predetermined purpose.

 Jesus said that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws him and promises, -"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. . .This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day." (Jo.6)

 Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is. As God sows the seed of truth which produces sons bearing good fruit, the devil sows his seeds which bring forth offspring which are barren of good fruit. As the wheat bear grain, the tares bears nothing. In the parable of the wheat and tares Jesus prophesied that the fruitful and the unfruitful would grow together until the end of the age when the holy angels will gather the tares to be cast into the fire.

 God is looking for good fruit for His Harvest - for choice stones for His Temple. "They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. (1 Jo.2) There are many Pastors trying to build Godís House for Him, but only God knows the living stones of His choice and He alone must build His House.

 

 

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