Posted June 2, 2010
Let us continue our study of the word ‘together’ used seven times in the book of Ephesians. Let me remind us of the meaning of the word together. It means the bringing together of two warring parties and making them one.
Now for the third week I want to look at "The Reckoning of Gathering Together". Paul is asking us with the word ‘reckon’ to inventory in our mind the value or worth of being made one with Christ.
This week we look at verse 21 and "The Reckoning of Fitting". The phrase that has peaked our interest is “The building fitly joined together". I find in this phrase a " fitting blueprint". When one speaks of a building in the spiritual world, they speak of the house or abiding place of God. Paul said, "know ye not that your body is the temple of God". The root of our word building here speaks of an architecture designer with a master blueprint. Our Lord is the master builder and has laid down a pattern or blueprint in his Word as to the type of dwelling place that he seeks for us to build Him. I am reminded of John's Gospel that says, "all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made”. Paul tells us that by Him all things consist and are held together.
Paul tells us the dwelling place must be fitly joined together. The phrase fitly joined means to render close and compacted in one. This tells me as I reckon on the value of building him a dwelling place that I must continually draw nigh to Him. I must ever be able to say, "nothing between my soul and the Savior I find”. What is to be gained by a continual drawing nigh to Him, He will draw nigh to me
I see in verse 21" a fitting building". From this blueprint Paul gives us some descriptive words of the building God desires to live in. Paul says, the building must be a growing building. The word grow means to enlarge or increase the capacity of knowing Him. The Bible speaks of us growing in grace and knowledge. Oh, a proper building for Him will be where one constantly seeks to know more about Jesus. Paul also refers in descriptive terms to this building as a holy temple. The word means set apart, sacred, blamless, consecrated, and God like. Sounds like one is describing Jesus.
The place we are building for our Lord must take on an outward resemblance of Him. There must be less of us and more of Him being seen. This building is certainly not being built on a where, but on a Whom. Oh, by the way how is your building program going?