This House You Have Built

  1. I fussed a little at Solomon for going on and on about how he was the one who built the house for the Lord. He used the word, “I,” a lot when talking about this temple for God.
  2. However, God uses the word “you” when talking to Solomon about building the temple.
  3. God says to Solomon, “I have consecrated this house that you have built.”
  4. How do we build the house of the Lord?
  5. In the lesson called Represent, we read the Ephesians 2 verses about being built into a holy temple.
  6. We’ve also read in Ephesians 4 about being joined together by what every joint supplies, building the body in love.
  7. So, how does the body build itself and hold itself together?
  8. The simple answer is Jesus. Christ in us unites us and gives us all we need by His presence in us.
  9. What does that look like? It looks like the other parts of Ephesians 4 and 5 like how we need to walk in love, forgiving one another, how we need to bear with one another with humility and gentleness.
  10. It looks like the other parts of Ephesians 2 where we use our gifts to build each other up until we reach for full measure of the stature of Christ.
  11. It looks like Philippians 2 where we humbly consider others more important than ourselves and don’t just look out for our own interests but for the interests of others as well, having the same love and purpose and being of one mind.
  12. It should be possible with others of the same Spirit, others with the mind of Christ, though we have to remember, even in that case it can take some bearing with one another and forgiving one another.
  13. We each have something to offer the Body of Christ to build it up, encouraging itself in love for God and love for each other.