We Are Being Built Together

The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:14). The wall of New Jerusalem has twelve foundations. The apostles’ names are on these foundations because take the lead in the New Testament ministry of life for building. However, they are not the only people who minister life. All New Testament believers have life and should minister life.

The New Testament ministry of life is not a matter of our doing but of our being. Christ is our life (Colossians 3:4) to make us people of life. We are daily being saved in His life (Romans 5:10) so that we can reign in His life (Romans 5:17). To the extent we have life and reign in life, life flows out, and this flow builds us together in Christ.

Look at Ephesians 2:19-22. (I changed “you” to “we” to make it more personal and highlighted for emphasis.) “So then we are no longer strangers and sojourners, but we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone…in whom we also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.” Likewise in Colossians 2:6-7, “As therefore we have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, having been rooted and being built up in Him…” And in 1 Peter 2:5, “We ourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house…”

Lord, I am open to You. Fill me every day with life. Lord, build me with others!

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  1. I had the same realization today, brother, that God cares more for what we are than for what we do. Our work is an overflow of our life, of our person. We need to just come to the Lord to be continually filled, reconstituted, and re-made. Then, what will flow out is just the Christ we have enjoyed and experienced, and we are built up together into the dwelling place of God in spirit!

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    • Stefan, yes! our work is an overflow of our life. 2 Cor. 2:15 stays with me: “we are a fragrance of Christ to God.”

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