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01/29/2015

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A Great Building


"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that is already laid which is Christ Jesus" (1 Cor.3:11-12).

With today's metaphor regarding the church, the apostle Paul drew on something from everyday life. He drew on a thing that was readily understood, so his readers could appreciate God's design and purpose for them as they lived within a group of believers. As we look at today's huge buildings, it may be even more applicable now than when it was written... Paul is with his compatriot Apollos when he speaks of themselves as builders. Notice in today's verses, I laid a foundation as an expert builder... After the foundation is laid the building materials are chosen and the actual building of the structure takes place. They probably do some calculations so that the weight bearing supports will be able to hold the structure as they design the rooms. I've never built a house, but I understand that each step in the process is essential for it to be what it is supposed to be. One thing is so important, that Paul goes back to it. Unless the foundation is right, no matter how meticulously they build, it will not work! Paul makes this important point... "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that is already laid which is Christ Jesus." The church is indeed a building, and not the one that many think of that has doors, pews and a pulpit... It is a spiritual building that is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. The church will never be right unless it is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His apostles with the distinct understanding that "Christ Jesus himself is the chief cornerstone" (Eph.2:20). The church ought to be a great building because of its strong and everlasting foundation...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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