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HOME: The Foundation Further Defined
Ephesians 2

 

In a society that has God for its one and only God, to speak of the sure foundation on which to build would be sufficient. But, unfortunately, it no longer suffices for us; it's not enough to say that anymore. In our pluralistic society where Americans serve a multitude of gods and where even religion is some people's religion, the foundation on which we must build needs to be defined. It is seen most clearly in the Ephesian epistle.

 

In Ephesians 2:19-21, we read: "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord." In reference to the home, that tells us two things.

 

First, for the Christian home, the foundation stone, the cornerstone on which all else depends, must be the Lord Jesus Himself. If we build our homes on religion, the home crumbles. If we build our homes on Allah or Buddha or materialism or philosophy or anything except the Lord Jesus, we are following a formula for failure.

 

Second, notice what else this verse says. Perhaps more clearly than anything else I've read in Scripture, this phrase helps us to understand the goal for our homes: "it rises to become a holy temple in the Lord." Now what is this talking about specifically? Well, what did Paul most frequently write about? He wrote about the church and about the followers of Christ. Here, the context is both.

 

He begins talking about the Ephesians as Gentiles being brought into the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ and made a part of the household of faith. And then He moves to include them in the household of faith, and to say with confidence that it, the church, the body of believers of which they are now a part, is built on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ. The phrase, "the whole building," comes from a phrase that has a two-fold meaning. Specifically it refers directly to that about which Paul was writing: the church. Generally, the implication is that anything built honorably on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ rises to become a holy temple in the Lord; not "the" holy temple, but "a" holy temple in the Lord.

 

Of all things, the home, the pattern after which the church was built, must surely have as its foundation the Lord Jesus Christ. Does that mean our homes will become temples to which people will come for worship? No.

 

Does it mean that our homes should become places where we freely worship God, where we teach our children to worship and live for God, where we instruct each other in the ways of the Lord? Absolutely!!!! It must rise to become a holy temple in the Lord, perhaps even more so than the church, because it is the place where faith is first taught.

 

In reality, the church and the home should both rise together to become holy temples to the Lord. Is the Lord being honored in your home? Commit today to making any changes necessary to make honoring the Lord a reality in your home.

 

 

 



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