Fitly Framed Together 2
Ephesians 2:19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
I once heard of an elderly man whose wife had a stroke. Among other things, the stroke caused the shape of her lips to be changed. Someone saw him contort his lips to fit hers so that he might kiss her. Many unbelievers and even many believers try to contort God in such a way that He will fit what they want Him to be. They want Him to conform to them. That is backwards. That is idolatry. We need to believe in God as He is and not as we might want Him to be. Christianity is about God making us what He wants us to be.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
He wants us to be new creatures fitted together, churches full of believers. Christianity is wanting Him to fit us to Himself, His will and His desires. He needs no changes. We need many of them. He doesn*t just want to fit us to Himself and to other believers. He wants to make us like Himself and like other believers who are like Him.
Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
We will find the best examples, the best likenesses of Him in Biblical churches where He is the head. There are many believers and unbelievers who want to change the body of Christ, the church, to be what they want it to be. They want the church to fit their wants and desirers. Many do not attend churches because they cannot fit the churches to themselves. They should find the most Biblical church they can and fit themselves into it. We naturally associate with people with whom we have things in common. We should have less and less in common with unbelievers and carnal Christians. He begins to make us like Him the moment we receive Christ and He promises to finish that work when He takes us to glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Philippians 3:21: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
1 John 3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
When God changes individuals, He begins in their hearts and then changes their thinking, their words and their actions.
Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them (Gentiles) witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (Jews) 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Luke 6:45: A good man (one with Christ in his heart) out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man (one without Christ) out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.