THE HOUSE OF GOD
There is a song known by many, but only few know its actual meaning. It goes thus: “in the house of God, Alleluia joy”. Which house is being referred to? Is it the church building where people gather for worship? No. The real house of God is our bodies. In Corinthians 3: 16, the Bible says:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” Now that it has been established that our bodies are the house or temple where God should reside, it is important, also to know how the house should be built. A builder takes a lot of things into consideration when he is about to start building, so that the house he wants to erect can stand ﬁrm.
In this sermon, we would think as a builder would think and as a professional construction engineer would go about constructing a solid house
How do we build this great house where the Almighty God Himself would live?
The most important thing that a construction engineer considers is the foundation of the house. if the foundation is sure, the task is half-accomplished. There is a construction company in Lagos that describes itself as Foundation Engineers. I am not advertising it,neither am l a shareholder in the company, but l think many people contract it for foundation construction. if you are building your own house,you need to pay attention to and consult experts on its foundation. Psalms 11:3. If the foundations be destroyed,what can the righteous do?
The most important thing you must pay attention to in constructions is the foundation. As the bible says, any other thing can be damaged, destroyed, restructured and it will still be okay as long as the foundation is not affected. The superstructure depends on the foundation. A child of God with solid and grounded foundation can stand any problem and still standing. Jesus compared a person who took time to build his Christian foundation as a wise builder.
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock:and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it:for it was founded upon a rock.
Now,what Is the foundation of God’s house?
It is nothing else but the Bible, which is the Word of God. It does not matter how great a man of God is, if he neglects the Bible, his, house will collapse in due course. in Luke” 6:47-49, Jesus says:
Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock:and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it:for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
You see, Satan does not want God to dwell inside you and he would bring problems and temptations to your life to the extent that you would collapse spiritually except you are well grounded. You can only overcome these with the word of God. Satan even came to Jesus to tempt Him but our Lord conquered him with the word. Each reply he made was preceded by “It is written” and. of course He quoted what is written. if you don’t know what is written, how can you quote it against your adversary?
The second thing to be considered is that every good foundation must have a cornerstone.
Without the cornerstone, the foundation will develop faults. There are some people who read the Bible and claim to accept it as the Word of God, but have removed somebody very important from it. They have tactically removed Jesus from their foundation and ﬁxed human philosophy in His place. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2: 6-8;
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, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:whereunto also they were appointed.
Those who say that there is another cornerstone somewhere else would end up confounded confused and condemned.
As I said before, there are some experts in foundation construction who should be contracted anytime a building is to be constructed. In the spiritual realm also, we need experts who have the wherewithal to construct God’s house.
These experts are the ones who know how to bring up new converts through various beneficial studies that would ground them in the word; those who would teach the basic doctrine of the Bible before they go into applied knowledge; not”quacks” who would preach prosperity only, to new converts, neglecting the more important doctrine of salvation. ln Ephesians 2:19-20, the Bible tells us who these spiritual foundation engineers are:
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens 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 corner-stone;
Who are these experts?
These are good Bible teachers, saints, apostles and prophets. That is why you should be very careful of where you fellowship and what kind of word Of God you listen to. If you are attending a church where something contrary to the scriptures is being preached, please go to another church. Allowing bad construction engineers to build your foundation is dangerous and can be fatal to your life. These days, there are various kinds of sermons and doctrines that have no footing in the Bible. I have heard someone say that standing on the word of God means that one should put down his Bible and stand upon it while praying. Beware of bad engineers so that your house can stand forever.
The fourth thing to know is that there are tools for construction.
For physical building construction,the builder would need shovels, diggers, etc. For spiritual foundation, the most important tool is the propagation of the gospel. Some might say: ” I cannot go out to preach because I do not know what to say. Do not worry, just tell the people ” Jesus loves you”. If a believer does not learn how to tell somebody about Jesus early enough, he will soon go back to the world.
The best way to learn a subject is to teach it. In economics, I used to hate the topic elasticity, and never bothered to read it because I knew that I could always dodge any question on it. However, after I completed my course at the university, I was posted to a secondary school for the mandatory National Youth Service Corps. There, I was assigned to teach economics. I had no choice but to study elasticity because it was one of the topics I was to teach my students. Preaching the word will make you become an expert in it.
Also, to construct a foundation, the builder must have the right materials to work with.
Some of these materials are cement, gravel and sand: in building God’s house the first material needed is repentance. You cannot preach to others if you are not born again. The way up to God begins with repentance from our sins because the Bible says that all men have sinned. No one is exempted. Luke. 13:3-5.
I tell you, Nay:but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay:but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
The next material is faith. Without faith, we cannot please God nor can we do what he asked us to do. Because nobody has seen God before all those who believe he exist do so through faith. No scientist can proof or disprove the existence of God but deep inside us, we know He lives. For God to come and dwell inside you, you must have faith.
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Another important material Is the doctrine of baptism. Baptism is an outward sign that a believer died and has risen up with Christ. It has to be done by immersion and not any other method. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Baptism was so important to Jesus that after he resurrected, he came back to tell the apostles.
However, there is another baptism besides that of water – the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It follows water baptism, though some receive the Holy Ghost baptism before they are baptized with water. Both are important, regardless of which comes ﬁrst.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost baptism invests in a person, power (Acts 1:8).
In conclusion, if you have examined yourself and you discover that your foundation is not sure or that your “building materials“ are not complete, you need to do something about it so that your house will not collapse, and all your efforts and resources, wasted. But if you are not born again, your case is worse because you don’t even have any foundation. However,you can start the architectural drawings today by giving your life to Jesus.
Jesus is the sure foundation.
Thanks and God bless you