We All Participate in the Ministry of Life for Building

The wall of New Jerusalem has “twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:14). This portrays the New Testament ministry of life for the building up of the Body of Christ; a building work which has New Jerusalem as its goal. The relationship between life and building is seen in Ephesians 2:21, “all the building…is growing into a holy temple in the Lord” and 4:16 “the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.”

The apostles take the lead in the ministry of life and hence their names are on the foundations of the wall of New Jerusalem. Nevertheless, every believer should participate in the ministry of life for building. Here are some examples:

  • Ephesians 4:15-16, “…we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ, out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.” We all grow up into Christ and the supply from Him comes through not only the joints of rich supply (such as apostles) but also through “each one part.”
  • Romans 14:19, “So then let us pursue the things of peace and the things for building up one another.” This is a word to all of us and encourages all of us to pursue what is good for building up. First Thessalonians 5:11 also speaks of each one building.
  • First Corinthians 14:26, “What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has…. Let all things be done for building up.” Every one has something out of all the riches of Christ presented in the first 13 chapters of this book, so all can speak for mutual building up.

Lord, draw us to Yourself as life that we may be people full of life for Your building.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

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