Monday, February 12, 2007

1Cor3:9-15



Or to put it another way, you are God's house. Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls. Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you'll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won't get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn't, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won't be torn out; you'll survive—but just barely. (1cor3:9-15 The Message)

We are the materials, what Paul does not say here, but does say other places is that the materials are modified to be used best. Take a look at this railroad I was building. In the center there is a 2x4 leg holding up that section of the layout. Problem is, it is too long by 18 inches. To leave it like that would compromise the look of the whole railroad up top. Soon after this picture was taken I cut that 2x4 down to the track level.

Also in Paul's story I am impressed by the inspector looking at what the architect and builders had done with the material. Paul knows the load on himself as instructor of how to be a church. A question is, while the foundational can not change, and the building materials are basically the same, does the architecture need to change? Why? and How?

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