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1 Peter 2:5, KJV: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to ...
1 Peter 2:5, KJV: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

What a mistake it is to think that we have arrived with no need to continually improve. 

Moses, at the command of the Lord, built a tabernacle in the wilderness that was a portable "house" in which the children of God could worship Him. 

Solomon was used to build a temple for the same purpose. It was the exact copy of the tabernacle. He used only the finest stones. Yet, in time, it was destroyed because anything made by man is subject to change and destruction. 

God's desire was always to live with and in people and Peter reminded us that we, the people of God, are being built into a spiritual house. Spiritual houses cannot be destroyed because they are not subject to the elements and effects of this world. Spiritual things are immune to carnal behavior. 

Once obedience to the things of God starts, our spiritual houses are built. It begins with our acceptance of Jesus Christ as the primary focus of our lives. Solomon required all of the stones in the temple be quarried at the quarry so that no hammer or chisel was heard in the temple (1 Kings 6:7). This was done with such precision that, once the stones were brought to Jerusalem for the building, only a mallet was used to put each stone in place. 

Jesus and the Holy Ghost are the hammer and chisel for us, His lively stones. We are worked on daily as we allow ourselves to be built into spiritual houses. When we reach the assembly, their work allows us to tell others what they have done to make us holy priests, able to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. The church building is not where we come to get fixed; it is where we share how we were built and who the architect is. 
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