Eph. 2:19-22 A Holy Temple

There is a new household of God, the elect saints and fellow citizens from all nations and peoples, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.” (vv. 19-20a) These are the authorized co-authors with the Spirit, of the infallible word, “Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.” (v. 20b) Every building requires two things – a solid foundation and a cornerstone, the latter being the point of reference for the rest of the architecture, the established plumb-line. If either of these two is off the mark then the infrastructure upon which they are built will Collapse. Any understanding of the Christ apart from the infallible word is a fallible conception. With these two conditions met the rest of the building can be “fitted together…built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (v. 22) The church is called to grow “into a holy temple in the Lord.” (v. 21b) This is a trinitarian work, and the goal is a society characterized as being holy.

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