Except the LORD build the house,
they labour in vain that build it:
His dwelling place among men according to His own plan. Unless
the house is built according to God's blueprint, our labor is
Exodus 25:8-9, 40
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may
dwell among them.
According to all that I shew thee, after
the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the
instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.
. . .
And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed
thee in the mount.
And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof
which was shewed thee in the mount.
told Moses to build the tabernacle as His dwelling place among the
children of Israel in the wilderness, God gave Moses the pattern, the
fashion, the plan, and the blueprint of how His home was to be
1 Chronicles 28:10-12, 19-20
Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee
to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.
Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and
of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper
chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place
of the mercy seat,
pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of
the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the
treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated
. . .
said David, the LORD made
me understand in writing by his
hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.
And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong
and of good courage,
and do it: fear not, nor be
dismayed: for the LORD God, even
will be with thee; he will not
fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou
hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
told David to have Solomon build the temple as his dwelling place in
Jerusalem, God gave David the pattern, plan, or blueprint for His house.
Believest thou not that I am in the
Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak
not of myself: but the Father
that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Gospel period God dwelt in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus followed
the pattern, plan, and blueprint of God by always doing his Father's
will. He did the works of God to redeem mankind and made
available a new dwelling place for God.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give
you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in
dwells in believers because of the accomplished work of the Lord Jesus
1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and
that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
the temple of God. Today, believers are builded TOGETHER to be
God's dwelling place.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus
from the dead dwell in you,
he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal
bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you.
When a man
or woman confessess with his or her mouth the Lord Jesus and believes
that God raised him from the dead (Romans
10:9) that person is saved, born again. He or she becomes
part of God's dwelling.
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
This is God's pattern or blueprint for
building His house today. Some may say there are many ways to get
to God and be saved; but God's word declares only one plan, only
one blueprint for building, only one way.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Saviour;
have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
God's will is for ALL men to be saved.
God's will is for ALL men to come to the knowledge of the truth that
there is only ONE God and that there is only one mediator between God
and man, the man Christ Jesus. The only way to God is via the
Lord Jesus Christ. The only pattern for building God's house is
to do it His way.
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
For we are labourers together with God: ye are
God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
According to the grace of God which is given
unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and
another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth
foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Wherefore also it is contained in the
scripture, Behold, I lay in
Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on
him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them
which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same
is made the head of the corner,
2:19 - 22
Now therefore ye are no more
strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of
the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy
temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded
together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
times when a good carpenter built a house or other building he would
measure and frame all the building from the corner stone. Jesus
Christ is the corner stone for building the house. Only by
building according to the pattern God gives, will the building be fitly
framed together. Jesus Christ is the measure. Jesus Christ
is the chief corner. Jesus Christ is the head of the body and as
head he directs the building of God's house.
And he gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work
of the ministry, for the edifying
of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth
be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every
wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby
they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up
into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together
and compacted by that which every
joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the
measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of
itself in love.
Christ was raised and seated at the right hand of God he gave to the
church ministries to help build the dwelling place of God. Each
individual believer has a ministry and part to play in this
building. It is the job of apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors and teachers to get others in the body of Christ doing the work
of the ministry. These five ministries are not given to "do the
work." They are to perfect the saints (those who believe) so that
THEY (the believers) can do the work of the ministry and edify the body
of Christ. Every joint in this building of God has something to
supply to the building. And every joint supplies according
to that plan which is provided from the head, Christ. As we all
work effectively according to the plan which comes to us from "the
head," the body increases and grows. This is God's
blueprint. Christ is the head. He directs the work.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the
And ye are complete in him, which is the head
of all principality and power:
in Christ and Christ dwells in us. We are completely, completely,
completely, complete in him. We have all we need to build the
dwelling place of God as we look to Christ and follow the plan that God
has given to build His house.
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