“And as He (Jesus) came out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”” (Mark 13:1–2).
What would we think if this event occurred today in front of one of our “wonderful buildings?” If we read a few verses later in the chapter, Jesus continue to warn His disciples, “See that no one leads you astray” (13:5). There is a great danger of becoming occupied with the wrong thing, and buildings is one of them. As Jesus goes on to explain what will happen after His departure from this scene, He prepares the disciple for persecution, not a building program; for spreading the gospel to “all nations (ethnē - 13:10),” not becoming consumed with worries of this life. It is the Holy Spirit who will speak through those submitted to His control and power.
God is the General Contractor of the biggest building program this world has ever seen, but it does not include cement, wood, steel, carpet or paint. His construction material is taking place in souls of men and women with the gold and silver of His truth, the Word of God. They are bound together with the unifying work of the Spirit so that every true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is “being joined together, growing into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22).
Which building are you working on? One will be “thrown down” while the other is eternal for God’s praise and glory.
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