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Ephesians 2:21 – In Him We Are A Fitly Framed Temple

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Ephesians 2:20-22

“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.”

In this passage, Paul is giving a metaphor of the temple. The temple was an important place for the Jews. God had always dwelt in the temple. They started with a mobile temple and then Solomon build a magnificent temple for God to dwell in. Though that temple was destroyed another one was built which existed during the time of Jesus. They always referred to the temple as the dwelling of God.

The Ephesians were used to worshipping other gods in ornate temples. The temple of Diana was an important place of worship and as Paul found out important in the economy of Ephesus.

But a new thing began with the death and resurrection of Jesus. There is still a temple but it is not an ornate building on the corner of Main Street and First Ave. It is a building made up of believers. It is “fitly framed together.” This is an interesting word—a combination of three Greek words. Synarmologeō  is made up of the words syn, (with) harmos, and lego. The English word harmony comes from “harmos.” This temple is built in harmony with each of the talents, calls, and purposes of God.

The word “lego” means to say or call. I like to think of it in terms of the modern-day Legos. Those are the little plastic parts that fit together and when properly fitted turn into a finished product like a house, or a boat, or one of many things they have now. God calls the proper parts together and it turns out to be a temple. It’s a temple “in the Lord.” As new parts are formed, they are fitted together in harmony.

This temple is placed on the foundation of the early church leaders and built on the cornerstone of Jesus Himself. Without Jesus as the most important part, we would just be a pile of Legos.

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