1 Peter 2:4-5 – “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you, like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
In New Testament scripture, we see three different models of Jewish culture that describe the church & God’s people:
- Agricultural – Jesus said “I am the vine & you are the branches” in John 15:5 & in Luke 3:9 He said “every tree (person) who does not bear fruit will be cast off and thrown in the fire.”
- Anatomical – Jesus said “the eye was the lamp of the body” giving light to the body in Luke 11:34-36 & Paul spoke of the church a “body” in Romans 12 & 1 Corinthians 12.
- Architectural – Matthew 5:15 says the light in us gives light to our “house”; Matthew 7:23-27 likens our life to a “house” that needs to be built on the Rock which is Jesus; Matthew 10:6 describes Israel as a “house”; Matthew 12:25-27 says “a house divided against itself cannot stand” & Matthew 12:44 describes our personal life as a house–when demons are cast out of persons it is like “our house swept clean”. Paul also used this analogy by describing our physical bodies as “temples” of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 6:19.
So, from these examples, we can see that the life we have on this earth can be likened to living in a spiritual “house”. The foundations we build our “house” upon, the materials we use to build it, and the things we fill our house with are all part of our life and destiny.
We can all can fill our spiritual houses by fulfilling the dreams and destinies God places in each of our hearts. The things He moves us to do are not possible in our flesh. In fact, they are downright impossible without God’s involvement to help us realize them. But, they are our dreams which He gave us to realize and dreams DO come true in Him!