BIBLE READING: 1 PETER 2:4-10; EPHESIANS 2:18-22
“You also, as living stones, are being built up a Spiritual House, a Holy Priesthood, to offer up Spiritual Sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1Peter 2:5 (NKJV)
Jesus is the Living Stone and we as believers are part of that Living Stone, which is the Temple of the Living God. Every member of the Body of Christ is a Living Stone or Precious Stone that Jesus had to sacrifice His Life just to purchase meaning that you should not despise anybody because each of us is of great value to God and precious in His Sight.
God is building a Spiritual House and family which is the Dwelling Place for His Presence. It is noteworthy to know that we are a family fittingly joined together for a Holy Tabernacle for His Glory (Eph 2:21-22), not just as individuals but because there is a Dimension of God that is not available at the individual level but rather at the Corporate level.
There is Corporate Anointing and Wisdom when we are able to comprehend with all saints the length, breadth, depth and height (Eph 3:18). In other words, the Fullness of God dwells in us as a Body but it is unfolded through the Unity of Faith in a bond of Love (see Ps. 133:1-3; Eph 1:23; Col 2:9-10).
When God told Solomon to build Him a Temple in the Old Testament, the stones were hewn stones from costly/precious stones (see 1Kings 5:13-18), the Temple was actually assembled (1 Kings 6:7) because the stones had been hewn and squared in the quarry before bringing them to the Temple Site so that there was no noise, hammering, etc., heard during the building of the Temple.
You see, the building material for this Spiritual House are human beings. Like the king commanded in the building of Solomon’s temple, Jesus is commanding the Church to go out there and gather these precious Stones (souls) and prepare as well as place them where they belong in the House of God. The Mandate of the Church is Soul winning and Discipleship. The purpose of preparation and training before placing is so that everything and everyone will be properly fitted in their rightful place fufilling their purpose in the Body (Eph. 4:11-13).
Ask God to open your eyes by revelation to know your place and the grace to play your own God given role in the Body of Christ.