Christ as Life in the Apostles is the Foundation

the foundation of the apostlesChrist as life and the building up of His Body go together. The more His life flows through us, the more we are built together. This flowing and building continues for our entire Christian life. In Romans 5:10 we are being saved in His life, and in Colossians 3:4 and 1 Peter 2:5 we are being built together. To the extent that Christ has become our life in every aspect of our daily affairs, that is the extent to which we are built up with other Christians.

Revelation 21:14 says, “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” The apostles’ names are on these foundations because they take the lead to minister life for building. They also train all New Testament believers to enter into the ministry of life for building up. This is seen in Ephesians 4:11-12; the gifted members in verse 11 perfect all the members to do the work of ministry unto the building up in verse 12. This ministry is not merely something we do; instead, the building up is the constitution of Christ as life in our being.

The names of the apostles on the foundations are not like the brass plaques we see on buildings memorializing a donor. In the Bible, the name indicates the person. The names on the foundations indicate that the apostles themselves, through their ministry of life, have been built together as the foundation of the wall. This reality is also in Ephesians 2:19-20, “…we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets…” May we all give ourselves to follow their example and be constituted with Christ as our life for the building of His Body and New Jerusalem.

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