Building Up a Spiritual Church -1 Peter 2: 4-5

1 Peter 2:

[4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
[5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

God chose his own precious Son, Jesus (being the fullness of the Godhead) to come to earth as the ultimate living stone, but Jesus was rejected by men (Israel). However Jesus’ work did not stop on the cross. God sent Jesus to be a living corner stone for all who come to Him, through Christ (Christians).

Throughout time, many different types of churches and temples have been erected by man. First they lay good solid corner stones and then add suitable foundation stones and soon have a church. Once the building is ready, people come together to learn about God and to praise and worship Him.

Although we have these brick and mortar buildings called “churches”, the real Church is within the people, themselves.

Unlike church buildings that are made of dead parts (bricks, sand, etc.) spiritual churches have living parts like bodies, souls, prayers, praises, worship, love and the likes. Hence living stones, where our bodies are used as a temple for the Holy Spirit to live in.

Christians are living stones. As each of us join the family of Christ, we become another part of the spiritual house that God is building. As more and more Christians come along we place ourselves on the existing foundation.

Christians are a holy priesthood in themselves. There is no longer any reason for animal sacrifices or a middle man. Christians are now able to go before God, on their own, using the name of Jesus.

However it’s important to realize that as one brick cannot build a house, neither can one Christian build a spiritual house. To build the spiritual church that God is looking for, Christians must come together and build on each other.

Heavenly Father

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Without you and your love for us, we would still be taking sacrifices to an altar and asking for forgiveness for our sins through men. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, I now have the ability to come before you, with my confession and with my prayers.

I am now considered a living stone, a Christ believing person. To build up and keep my Spiritual house in order I must continue to receive the Word in a manner of honesty, sincerity, devotion and joy while using a loving heart in a way that is pleasing to you Father.

Thank you that I have found a congregation of other Christians that I can talk to, worship and grow with and continue to build up your spiritual church, all for your glory.

In the name of Jesus, our corner stone, I pray.

Amen

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