7 truths about us in Christ

Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven pillars. (Proverbs 9:1)

Part of my Bible reading plan this year is to read one chapter each day from Proverbs every month. It’s easy to follow along since there are 31 chapters and 30-31 days per month. I rarely lose track of which section I’m on [lol]! The only change each month is the translation, which keeps it interesting!


Proverbs has taught me a lot about character and attitude, but even more so identity in Christ. The principles it holds are SO applicable to our journey with Him. The more I read it, the more I learn how to live and be it!

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This month’s translation is the New Living Translation (NLT). Though many pastors and speakers preach from this version, I haven’t studied it before. As I began reading today’s chapter (Proverbs 9), the little asterisk behind verse one indicated to check the note on the bottom, which led me to a verse in the New Testament.

19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family

20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 

21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 

22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

There are seven truths or pillars, we can pull from these verses in Ephesians. They’re great reminders to meditate on throughout the week or to further our daily Bible studies in. With Jesus as our Wisdom, and us as His house, these seven truths lift us up and remind us who we are in Christ!

Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven pillars. Proverbs 9:1

Pillar 1: We are no longer strangers and foreigners.

If you’ve studied about Jews and Gentiles, you learn the two are entirely separate and don’t normally associate with each other. Many of us easily connect with the Gentiles because they weren’t considered God’s people until Christ. When we turn our hearts to Jesus, we can embrace this truth daily! We are no longer strangers to God but have His fullness dwell in us.


Pillar 2: We are citizens with all of God’s holy people and members of His family.

This truth shattered many lies and, personally for me, the fear of being left out. When I learned this for myself, the need to “fit in” everywhere began to diminish. When we renew our minds and remind ourselves that we indeed are His children, we can embrace the truth of being part of God’s family and good enough to stay there!


Pillar 3: We are HIS house.

Quite literally. He lives in us and we in Him. John 15 is a favorite chapter of mine because Jesus talks about our oneness with Him. Whether you feel like it or not! We’ve gotten so good at separating ourselves from God, sadly. We need to counter this by embracing the truth that we ARE His house, and He DOES reside in us. Wisdom (Jesus) has built her (His) home. With this revelation, we’ll approach the world and each other in more homey ways – in gentleness, kindness, hospitality, love, peace…


Pillar 4: We are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.

I love reading through the epistles, the letters to churches in the Bible. But I learned that we should read these letters, as well as the Prophet books, in light of the Gospel and not the other way around. In doing so, we get a richer understanding of who we are in Christ, who He is, and all He’s done for us without being SO focused on ourselves. As one body, we’re built upon a common foundation – the enduring revelation of Christ from the Apostles and Prophets throughout the Bible – and that also unites us.


Pillar 5: We are built on the Cornerstone, Christ Jesus Himself.

A cornerstone forms the base of the corner of a building, joining two walls. Think of it this way – we’re born into sin and darkness (one wall), but Jesus (the Cornerstone) connected us to our Heavenly Father (the other wall) after His death and resurrection. He became our chief Cornerstone (Isaiah 28:16) for us to become One with Him. We are built on Jesus Christ!


Pillar 6: We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

Despite our differences and disagreements, we are joined together in Him. Everyone has a place, and as His whole building, His holy temple, we can grow together gracefully as we keep to our common foundation. We can embrace this truth that we need each other to grow and also that God works carefully to join us together.


Pillar 7: We are being made part of this dwelling where God lives by His Spirit.

Joined together in Him, we’re made part of this dwelling where He lives. This connection brings all seven pillars together. No longer a stranger; part of His family; we’re His house built on a solid foundation and the Cornerstone Himself; we’re joined together in Him; all to be made part of a dwelling, where again, He lives. His life is inside of us, and we can approach every day in the confidence and comfort of who we are in Him!

Jesus has built His house and these seven pillars of truth help us understand that. 


Take these pillars into your day – one by one or all at once. I pray it encourages you as it did me! I would love to hear your thoughts, share these with a friend, and remember you’re the Light, so BE!

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Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven pillars. (Proverbs 9:1)

 


-tanyaremkiv

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