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Throughout history various architects have been known for their own peculiar architecture. Bridges, towers, aqueducts, monuments, and diverse dwellings they have designed express the architects own unique signature. And of course if the structure stands the test of time, as well as the eye of the critic, there is a certain earthly glory or prestige that is acquired for the majesty or beauty of their particular structure.
Oddly enough to some, the Scripture teaches that there is a structure not made with man’s hands that is unique and singularly majestic, not because of its constituent parts but because of it’s builder (Hebrews 3:1-6). The signature attached to this Temple of the Living God is the one and only signature of the Lord Jesus Christ Who said, “I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”
A Philadelphia preacher, now passed into glory, used to tell the story of a man who lived during the Great Depression in America. This man lost his business and therefore his source of income and wealth. Not long after that he also lost his wife and home. In the depths of discouragement, walking through the streets of his home town in New York, he came upon a stone mason working near a rather large cathedral. As the mason, using his hammer, was chipping away at a choice stone the gentleman asked the man what he was doing. The mason replied, “oh, I’m preparing this down here in order for it to fit in up there,” looking towards the empty space near the spire of the great cathedral. That being said the Christian man believed God was speaking to him about his own life.
So it is with the Master Builder of this universe. He continues to fashion Himself a dwelling place made of living stones, “preparing them down here in order to fit in up there.” This Temple not made with hands is where His praises are heard. A place where prayer and petition are brought before him with earnest pleading. A place where He has promised to meet with His people and make His glory known. Til this day He continues to mine choice stones from the darkest recesses of this fallen earth and from some of the most unmentionable quarries. He takes these stones, with all their different personalities and proclivities and gives them new life and new purpose. He takes formerly filthy stones and cleanses them afresh. He fashions them with the dexterity of a Master Mason and makes for Himself a structure of unparalleled beauty! Some are polished, some are rough hewn, but all these living stones have the mark of the Master upon them and they are all precious to Him. By grace all have been joined to the Chief Cornerstone Himself creating an eternal edifice to bring Him glory both now and forever more. Amen.
If I can be of any help or assistance please contact me. Adam Osworth Pastor, Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Clayton County.