Fitly Framed Together
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)
What is the most important part of a building? Some may think the walls or the floor, but it is always the foundation. In the Church, it is no different. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his series on Ephesians, continues to mine 2:20-22 for a further understanding of the nature of the church, and the application that truth has for the Christian. Previously, the Doctor expounded on the importance of the foundation (apostles, prophets, and Christ being the cornerstone), but he turns to the stones being placed on the foundation—the church. First, each stone must be “truly and rightly related to that foundation,” and to each other. Each stone (or church member) is different, but is still inseparably tied to the rest of the building. Also, each stone must be connected to the foundation. However, who is building this temple? Ultimately God is the builder, but as the Doctor notes, God uses pastors (1 Cor 3:10-15). Here, Lloyd-Jones issues a warning for pastors—be careful what you build the church with. Ploys can be used to build big churches, but only those who have a “vital union” with the foundation—Jesus—will last. God is building his church to be “Harmoniously fitted together” with true believers of every type of person.