Every edifice built by man continues to be visible in our world today as nations, cities, enterprise, family homes, hospitals, trade center, financial institutions, parliamentary buildings, homeless units, schools, clubs, mosque, temples and churches etc. All edifices are designed to suit a unique purpose and are constructed to meet definite need.
To-date, the pattern at creation remains unchanged, for at the beginning structures were in place, before the first man (Adam) was created in the image of God and after His likeness that was situated in the edifice (Garden of Eden) to fellowship with God. Adam was given divine instruction to take charge of the garden, cultivate it and eat from the produce of the land, except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It is therefore important to note that every house is built by someone, but the builder and the maker of all things is God. Gen 2:7-17, Heb 3:4
Master Architectural Pattern:
God designs and construct the structure as the Master Architect, so that it can be fit for purpose and fulfill His eternal plan, until the created man became susceptible to cunning devices of the serpent and pursue after knowledge of good and evil rather than the knowledge of God. But thanks to God that initiates the program of redemption through Christ Jesus for the recovery of the glory that was lost in Adam. So till date, Christ remains the only hope of Glory to mankind Gen 2:17
It is time to call a question as Co-laborers of God, how are you building and according to whose pattern? As laborers together with God trusted with the building of the Church (Believers in Christ), it is important to be well acquainted with the Master Architect eternal plan, and so build according to God’s pattern.
What is God’s Building on Earth?
God is building a spiritual house on earth today, not houses made with mortal and bricks. The materials for the construction of spiritual house are not perishable material, such house built with precious stones rather than hay and straw are the ones that can stand the test of time, fulfilling the purpose of God on earth and so abide with him forever.
What must I do to ensure I am well built up in Christ?
To be well built on the foundation of Christ, you have to come to the realization of God’s love for you through Christ Jesus, so that you can surrender your life to Christ for total re-construction as God’s workmanship re-created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should work in them.
- “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Cor 3:9-15
- “You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” 1 Pet 2:5.