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Jesus' Church is Referred to as a House, or the Household of God

A person can easily imagine the concept of a house.  A house is built on a foundation.  If the foundation is strong enough the house can withstand the troubles it will face such as winds, rain, snow, etc.  A large cornerstone sometimes was used in foundations to make sure that they stood fast.  The rocks or building materials built upon that foundation help to make the entire structure.  The Bible uses this word picture or physical image to again help us understand the spiritual nature of the church and the foundation that it is built upon.

The house belongs to God and Jesus:

Jesus is the rock...the cornerstone of this house...the church. Upon the confession that Jesus is the Christ, Jesus built His church:

Hebrews 10:21 "and since we have a great priest over the house of God," (NAS)

Romans 9:33 "just as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed." (NAS)

Matthew 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock." (NAS)

Matthew 16:16-18 "...And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona...and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it." (NAS)

Jesus is the chief rock, the chief cornerstone:

Psalms 118:22 "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone." (NAS)

Luke 20:17-18 "But He (Jesus) looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written, 'The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone ? "Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust." (NAS)

Jesus is the chief cornerstone, and we are, like Peter and the other disciples, living stones in that house: 

1 Peter 2:4-5 -- "And coming to Him (Jesus) as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NAS)

How are We Added to This Spiritual House?

1 Peter 4:17 -- For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (NAS)

The household of God are those who have obeyed the gospel.  For more information on obedience to the gospel - see Lesson 1.

Click on "Bride of Christ" below to look at the next word picture given of Jesus' Church:

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