20 And are
built [epoikodomeo] upon [epi] the foundation [themelios] of the apostles [apostolos]
and [kai] prophets, [prophetes] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] himself [autos] being [on] the chief corner [akrogoniaios] stone;KJV-Interlinear
been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus
Himself being the corner stone, NASB
The word for built, 'epoikodomeo,' begins the development of the concept of a construction process within the soul of the believer.
This is a process with which most believers are not familiar, and thus leading to confusion and stagnation of their advancement in their spiritual lives.
This construction process is based on the scriptures. The New Testament was recorded by and through the apostles. This is the message of Christ, in which the principles of the Old Testament have been fulfilled and completed through Christ.
And the prophets, brings the Old Testament scriptures into view, because they lay the foundation of the savior, teaching the promise and prophecy of same, in addition to the basics of the spiritual life.
Jesus Christ Himself, ties all of the scriptures together. Jesus Christ is the principle subject of the entire Bible. The whole point of the Bible is to introduce Christ and His work and what it all stands for.
There is far more to the Bible than just the promise of salvation, however, and here we are introduced to the concept which in theology is called the edification complex of the soul.
Edification stands for improvement, enlightenment, instruction, construction and so forth.
This concept will be developed through chapter four, such that the believer can learn of the phenomenal additional spiritual opportunities that have been made available to them.
Just as when a child is born into this world, it comes in as a blank slate. It learns as it grows up and continues to grow throughout its life. From the very basics of language, to the more complex aspects of adult life, the child does not remain a blank slate, but fills up the brain and mental capacity from experience, from academics, from life itself.
By the same token, the spiritual life begins at the point of salvation. No matter how old you are, when you first believed in Christ, you began your spiritual life at square one and then grow up spiritually from there.
But unlike your physical growth, your spiritual growth is contingent on your being in fellowship (acquired through confession of your sins to God the Father), from your study and receipt of instruction of the scriptures (from your daily study as doctrine is your daily spiritual food for growth), from your learning and understanding and application of doctrine in your daily growth.
This cycle of spiritual learning, builds a complex, a spiritual complex within your soul.
Doctrine learned is the foundation and framework of your spiritual structure. Your spiritual application or production is your finish work of that structure.
This is often times called the construction of the temple, the palace, the fortress, the mansion within your soul.
This growth or construction builds up spiritual muscle, which builds up faith, which builds up wisdom and maturity. And these things are the basis for your eternal reward which you will receive when you stand before Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ, which will occur immediately following your resurrection.
Those who have advanced in their spiritual life will have phenomenally constructed souls. Those who have not advanced in their spiritual life will have pathetically empty souls. Which would you prefer?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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