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Like Living Stones

Basilica of Tirana (4th century)In the late Fourth Century AD, when purpose built churches were beginning to be constructed, they were modeled not on Greek or Roman Temples or even Synagogues but on secular meeting halls, or market places, called basilicas. This was because Christians themselves felt that they were intended to be the building blocks in Christ's body which was and is the true church.

Secular Meeting Halls

Stone HouseThe Apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 2.5-10, in this regard, "you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." Like stones built one upon another in Christ's body, the structural parts of a house share and transmit the roof's load. They shield those inside from the storms of life. The Apostle Paul adds to this symbolism in Ephesians 2.19-22, "In him (Christ), the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by the Spirit."

Christ the Corner Stone

StoneworkChrist's building has Jesus as the largest immovable foundation block or corner stone. This corner stone in the ancient world set the lines of the building in the X-X and Y-Y directions and the elevations and heights of the windows doors and roof. The corner stone was large enough to spread all the load from the walls without settling. From this massive corner stone emanated all lines and elevations in the structure formed by the artisan builder. Jesus is generally thought of as a "carpenter" but the Greek word used for "carpenter" actually means "artisan." A number of scholars believe this indicates that Jesus worked in stone as well as wood as a general builder. He would have known all too well how to build a strong house.✞

Built on Other Christians

House FoundationSaint Paul writes in Ephesians 2.19-20, "Consequently, you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief corner stone." In New Testament Jewish villages and towns, the first few courses of large masonry blocks are constructed high enough so that the vulnerable clay brickwork is not eroded by rainwater running down the street. Massive corners are also very important in an earthquake zone like Palestine. Such is Christ's strong and substantial building for Christians built together like stones in the body of Christ.

"Christ's Body Building"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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