FOUNDATIONS

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I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

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THE BODY OF CHRIST

ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST – LESSON 1

Additional information concerning the real properties of the “Body of Christ” can be found in what the Body is said to be; using the terms the Apostles of Christ illustrated with.

The Body is the House of God –

There are two distinct ways that the Apostles of Jesus Christ used the term “house” to describe the “Body of Christ”:

The House of God – A Structurally Sound Dwelling Place!

This description follows the concept of the type or shadow of the temple, which was often referred to as the house of God. This was a specially constructed facility where acceptable sacrifice was offered by the people of God. Uniquely enough, as these examples are looked at, they actually support the second way the Apostles use the illustration of the “Body of Christ” as the “House of God”; as a household (we will look at that next).

With any structure, in order for it to be stable, there must be a proper foundation. From this proper foundation, it can then be constructed, bound together, and withstand the elements.

1 Corinthians 3:11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 2:19-22 “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

1 Peter 2:4-9 “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Isaiah 28:16
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Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
“The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” Psalms 118:22

8 and
“A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” Isaiah 8:14

They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”

In these passages of Paul and Peter, we see this very specific, sound, and bound construction. As such we must appreciate that there was not leeway to change, re-construct, or alter in anyway the great work of construction that has been set in order.

It should also be a point of motivation for all the members of the “Body of Christ”, by the clear understanding that they have become a precious component of this holy edifice.

The House of God – As a Household!

1 Timothy 3:15 “but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

In the opening passage for this second point, we see that there is an behavioral expectation for those in the “House of God”, just as God through the word has instructed concerning the household of man (obedient children, a teaching, admonishing, and nurturing Father – Ephesians 6:1-4).

Christ Jesus is over this house.

Hebrews 3:5-6 “And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”

This is the equivalent to saying He is the Head of the Body, the church – Colossians 1:18. Those who are ‘IN’ the “Body of Christ” compose God’s household – Ephesians 2:19; to literally be the children of God – Romans 8:14-17. This privilege to call ourselves children of God is demonstrative of His affection for those who God knows are His.

2 Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.””

1 John 3:1-3 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

Notice that this privilege also demands that we honor our Father by the process of purification (removal of iniquity). So, there are responsibilities for each of us in the “House of God”.

To practice righteousness (the act of being right with God) - 1 John 3:10 “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.”

To not only love our Father, but our brethren as well - John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Peter 2:17 “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.”

1 John 3:15-17  “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

As children in the “House of God”, we are heirs. Heirs according to the promise made to Abraham – Galatians 3:15-18; 26-29. Joint-heirs with Christ Jesus – Romans 8:17.

All true children of God within His house are chastened, or disciplined by His word (as a sign of legitimacy) – Hebrews 12:5-11.

As members of the “House of God”, we do all things in the name of the Head of the house – Colossians 3:17.

Finally, as the “House of God”, we have complete access to the Father through the blood of Jesus Christ our King – Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25; 10:19-25; 12:22-24.

Next: “The Body is the Bride of Christ!