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 from Proverbs every day, every month. It’s easy to follow along since there are 31 chapters and 30-31 days per month. The only change each month is the translation, to keep it interesting! Proverbs has taught me a lot about character and attitude, but even more about identity in Christ. The principles it holds apply to our personal development immensely!

7 Truth About Us In Christ

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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 from it until now. As I began reading Proverbs 9, the little asterisk behind verse one showed to check the note on the bottom which led me to a passage 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 this passage.

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 opposing cultures 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 fully accepted and deeply loved.


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 diminished. When we renew our minds and remind ourselves that we are His children, we can embrace the truth of being part of God’s family.


Pillar 3: We are HIS house.

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 or not you feel like it! 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 resides in us. Wisdom (Jesus) has built her (His) home. With this revelation, we’ll approach the world as ones changed by Christ.


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

When reading the Bible, especially the epistles, we need to read 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.


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 entire 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 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 in Him; all to be made a part of a dwelling, where 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 carved its seven pillars of truth.

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Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:1

-tanyaremkiv

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