In Ephesians 2:19-22, the Holy Sprit through the Apostle Paul says that God’s house is “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.” The cornerstone in those days was as perfect a cube that could be made by human hands. The whole building was laid out plumb, square and level according to the cornerstone. Paul says here that God’s dwelling place is built according to the layout established by Jesus Christ.
When it comes to religion, many are building houses without the cornerstone. The atheist does not believe in the existence of a cornerstone. Billions of religious people over the centuries have built their houses using the wrong cornerstone. Pagans, Buddhists, Hindus, today’s Jews, and Muslims are examples. The Ephesians well understood that Paul “has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods.” (Ac 19:26)
Paul also says in Ephesians 2:20 that God’s house is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.” In other words, God’s house is built on the teaching of the apostles and prophets. Paul also says in Eph. 3:3 that “the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ.” All a person needs to do to be saved is sit down and read the writings inspired by God. (2 Tim 3:16)
Many religious people are using the wrong foundation. To become a Baptist, one must study the “Baptist Manual.” To be a Muslim, a person must accept the teachings of the Koran. Others base their whole belief system on the word of some preacher. Some say the Bible can only be understood by the religiously educated, such as a priest. There are hundreds of thousands of different so-called “Christian” denominational and non-denominational churches claiming to follow Jesus. Of these people, Paul observed, “God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” (1 Cor. 14:33). The religious world today is certainly confusing.
Lastly, there are those who start building their houses using the correct cornerstone and foundation that fail to finish. Jesus speaks of some who wither and die because they have no roots. Others become distracted by the things of this world and then fall away. (Matt 13:18-23) Of these, the Scriptures say “the last state has become worse for them than the first. (2 Pet 2:20)
So, the question comes to you. How are you building your house? Is Jesus Christ your cornerstone? Are the apostles and prophets the foundation of your life? Solomon says: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Ps 127:1) Is all your spiritual labor empty and worthless?