Built Together by the Holy Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:20-22
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (ESV)
How can something be one but many different things? Yet, this is the nature of the Church. Each member is different, but part of one body. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones probes into how this can happen, and who produces it in his Exposition of Ephesians 2:20-22. First, the Doctor makes a distinction between individuals, and being individualistic. The former is, as he notes, a beautiful aspect of the church. Each stone is hewn differently—every Christian is different—but each stone does not pursue isolation. Each stone needs the others to be a temple. The differences in the church, according to Lloyd-Jones, spotlights the nature of a living God. However, who is the one responsible for the unity in the diversity? As he observes from Ephesians, the builder of the temple is the Holy Spirit (vs 22). As the Doctor notes, the church is a miracle. The Holy Spirit must bring us all to the conviction of our depravity and sin in order to shape and mold us into stones for the temple. Also, the Holy Spirit is the one who opens our eyes to the truth of the gospel, gives us understanding, produces the same fruit, and gives different gifts to members of the Church. We are unable to do anything apart from Him.