Let Us Pursue the Things for Building Up

Jesus is the Builder of the church, which is His Body. He builds by living in and working through His members, those who have believed into Him. This is the third post (firstsecond) on our cooperation with His building work. Romans 14:17-19 says,

For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in this is well pleasing to God and approved by men.  So then let us pursue the things of peace and the things for building up one another.

New JerusalemRomans 14 speaks about our Christian life. Our participation in the kingdom of God today is not defined by outward practices such as eating and drinking. Our participation is a matter of righteousness and peace and joy from the Holy Spirit in us. And we serve God and serve others in this same Holy Spirit*.

When we serve in the Holy Spirit we are pleasing to God. We should pursue this serving because this will result in building up of other believers. At the same time we neither despise nor judge other believers; rather, we all live to the Lord (Romans 14:1-9). By this living we are at peace and we build up one another.

Let us take note of Romans 14:19 and pursue peace and building, always remembering that God’s New Testament building is in spirit. This is the building up that will eventually bring us to New Jerusalem.

* In v. 18 this is singular, referring to the Spirit, not plural referring to righteousness and peace and joy.

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