The House That Jesus Built (What does It Look Like?)
by Lemie Mcgarity
Jesus said upon this rock I build my house! And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, Matt 16:18. Of course we know that rock He is referring to is Himself. What does the Scriptures say about this house that Jesus built?
Brethren what does the house that Jesus built look like? My purpose today is to describe the house that Jesus built, and its purpose in the world.
Matt 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
Jesus is the Rock or platform on which He laid the foundation of the house He built and is building; The Church.
So what is the foundation Jesus laid on which His house is built?
In John 8:31 Jesus said to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.”
Matt 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
In John 14:6 Jesus *said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jesus is the personification of truth!
During Jesus trial before Pilate in John 18, 37Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and *said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.
Paul tells the Corinthians brethren, who had become divided by different faction and acting like mere cornel men and were not walking in the truth. “No man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid which is Christ,”1 Con 3:11.
So we see that the foundation of the house Jesus built is the truth. Every word that proceeded out of the mouth of Jesus came directly from the father.
Of What material is the house Jesus built constructed?
Peter tells us that Jesus is a living stone and the disciples each were living stones; we are living stone within the wall of the house Jesus built. 1Pet 2:1-10. He tells the brethren to put away the attitudes of men and reflect Christ (Matt 5:14).
2 Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord 4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
In verse eight of this passage Peter quotes a scripture that Jesus would be a stone of stumbling to those who did not disbelieved and did not obey the word and rejected Him, “8 A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.”
To those who believed Peter said: “9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
As living stones within the structure or walls of the house that Jesus built each of us are living pressures stones of gold and silver, pearls and all manner of jewels which stand as a glowing monument to God the Father (2 Peter 1:1-12). Each one of us are a royal priest of God, Jesus Christ being the High Priest.
The duties of the priests of God are to maintain the standard operating procedures of God. In chapter 44 of Ezekiel God address the people of Israel, specifically the priests for allowing in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in His sanctuary to profane it.
God said even though they had profaned His house, the priest would still do all the duties of priests, but they would not come near His holy things, 14 ““Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the house, of all its service and of all that shall be done in it.”
But of the priests that did not go astray God said, 15 “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood,” declares the Lord GOD.
23 “Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 24 “In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to My ordinances. They shall also keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed feasts and sanctify My Sabbaths.
The duties are the same today for the Royal Priest of God. We are to proclaim the excellence of Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life; the personification of the truth.
Paul says that we are ambassadors of Christ representing the Family of God preaching be reconciled to the Father, 2 Co 5:18 “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
As ambassadors of Christ we are to destroy everything that is not of the truth toward God the Father and Jesus Christ.
2 Co 10: 3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete”
What holds these living stones together within the wall of the house Jesus Built?
The mortar used to hold these living stone together is the Holy Spirit
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on its own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. -14 It will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
The He or His is not talking about another member of the God head, but is actually referring to the very essence of the Heavenly Father, the mind of the Heavenly Father which Jesus processes and is given to the followers of Christ (Gal 2:20)
The elements of the spirit are: Gal 5:22-26
The foundation of the house Jesus built will be built upon Him as the Rock…the way, the truth, and the life. Each stone within the wall of His house are also living stone of truth built up as a spiritual house; a monument, a temple of God (1 Co 3:16), our heavenly Father that the whole would can see. Matt 5:14, John 17:21-24
What happened to the House Christ is building? Why is the house that Jesus built, founded on the truth, not the glowing light in the world that it’s built to be? Why is it divided?
Matt 7:26 “But everyone who hears the sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his upon the sand: and the rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on the house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” In other words the people of God has not followed the instructions it was given.
Paul described what happened in some detail to the brethren in Corinth. He spoke about how the laborers working on the foundation that Christ laid were using substandard materials and labor practices (1 Cor 3:1-23). Paul said they were still carnal in their think and building on the foundation that Christ laid with the precepts of men; work that was not consistent with the teachings of Christ.
Paul addressed this same issue in his second letter to these same brethren in 2 Cor 11:1-15:
3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully….13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds (Matt 13:24-30)
What has happened to the house of God today is the same thing that happened to the house of Israel and of Judah doing the time of Jeremiah. The people had forsaken God and turned to pagan gods. Men responsible for building God’s house used faulty material that led the people astray to following their own imaginations.
Jer 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.
God laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of those responsible feeding and protecting His sheep in chapter 23 of Jeremiah.
1 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD… 16 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD…21 “I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied. 22 “But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds. 32 “Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the LORD, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the LORD.
Like Solomon said, “That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.”
Satan is using the same tactics today as he used on Eve, and the house of Israel. Men distracted by their own intellect, deceived by their own self-worth.
Brethren Christ is sending His servants out to remind His people of who they are in Him. He is the living truth. Can you prove from your own Bible that you are walking as Jesus walked? Or have you been moved away from the simplicity that is in Him?
The house that Jesus is building will be united in the truth!
Read Eph 4:1-16
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Those who lead the people of God today have cause the people to error and worship Jesus Christ in vain by teaching the doctrine and precepts of men (7:6-9.
The modern Christian Community is composed of approximately 45,000 different denominations all of which claim to be led by the Holy Spirit and following the teachings of Jesus.
Could it be possible that you are worshipping Jesus in vain?
What do the Scriptures say about the denomination where you worship?
The book of Revelations reveals that 71% of the people of God will be caught up in Babylon and called to repent ( Rev 2, 3 and 18:1-5). Are you part of the 29% of Gods people that holding fast to the truth?
Jesus revealed in Rev 12:9 that Satan deceives the whole World. In verse 17 of this same Chapter Jesus says that Satan is at war with the people of God who keep the Commandments of God, and holding to the testimony of Jesus.
Do you keep the Commandments of God? Do you know what the testimony of Jesus is?