No house creates itself. Each has an architect or a builder that realizes a vision and uses common materials to bring it about. Becoming a spiritual house is no different. We do not create or make ourselves a spiritual house but as the Apostle Peter said, we 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.” (2nd Peter 2: 5) The Apostle Paul tells the saints in Ephesus the same thing: “you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2: 22)
How does this happen? It happens by God working in his way of grace. The pathway of grace for us begins with God’s call to repentance. We believe in the Lord Jesus and exchange our leanings for the solid footing of his word. We build up that faith so we can bless others being led by the Spirit to bring life in Jesus’ name, breaking through in newness of life to continue to walk the path. This Way of grace is Jesus. “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14: 6)
Everything in creation (done well) reflects this way of grace, including being built to be a spiritual house. What is the way of the builder? In terms of the trinity, the work of the builder is to fix a foundation, frame everything in, and then finish the work. Following the pathway of grace, God doubles down and manifests his glory in a sixfold way. In the case of the builder these six things are:
1. Site selection. The first work of the builder is to choose a site for building. God has chosen His Son, that upon Him our life rests and is being built into a spiritual house.
2. Fixing a foundation. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3: 11)
3. Framing the building and making sure everything is covered (roofed) and constructed (walls and windows). The Apostle Paul says we can now add our grit to God’s grace and that our sweat though not providing equity does demonstrate we want this building to be raised up and completed. We want the grace of God to be at work within us!
4. Roughing things in. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2: 10 KJV)
5. Finishing the work. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ… That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1: 6, 10 – 11 KJV)
6. Filling and connecting everything. “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1: 13 – 23)