Weekly Pursuit – Week 5 of August

Aug 29, 2016 by

Verses: 

1 Pet. 2:5 “You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

 

Excerpts:

The building of God and the coordination of the priests are one. One aspect of our work is to be built up, and another aspect is to build. We are building by being built up. This is to genuinely serve God as priests. Some may think that to serve God is to do the work of God and to live for God. However, to serve God as a priest is to build the temple of God, which also is to be built up. We are proper priests carrying out the genuine building work only when we are genuinely built up. Any priestly service that is separated from the building, that is, from the temple of God as the ground for the priestly service, is improper. This is a tremendous light that we must see: our priesthood must be in the building and for the building. For us to serve as priests is for us to build.

 

First Peter 2:5 says that the proper service cannot be apart from the building. When we are built up as a spiritual house, we become a priesthood. To offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God refers to our work. When we are built up into a priesthood, we can have work that is acceptable to God. For centuries those who love God have known that they should serve God. But few believers have seen that the basic matter of serving God depends on being built up. If we are not built up as the spiritual house of God, there will be no priesthood. The priesthood is based on the building. God speaks of being built up into a spiritual house as the basic condition for service. We cannot serve if we are not built up. (The Blueprint and the Ground for the Building Up of the Church, chap. 2)

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