God is Building a Spotless Church
- Date: July 29, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:28)
- From Built By God
God's building a spotless church. Go to Proverbs, Chapter 9, verse 1. There are a number of points I want us to get to. "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars." We have talked a lot about wisdom. We were talking about forsaking the world's foolishness, and we're living and moving in the way of understanding as the sixth verse says. But this house, of which you and I are living stones, is being built by the wisdom of God. It's being built by the power of God. One of the things that we fail to see is that building often begins with demolition - tearing down the old. We see this in Jeremiah. There are some great truths in Jeremiah, and one truth is this: as God prepares us and prepares this building, there must be a tearing down. Many of us panic in the tearing down stage. Many of us become critical of one another. Many of us become critical of God if we're not careful. "Why, God...? Lord, after I've done all this… Why, God?" He's building a church that is without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing. He's taking the mold out of you. There are things in us that must be removed and not just painted over, the whited sepulchers. Some of us have built three or four layers in our own strength and our own diligence. We are acting out of religion in our best efforts, and we keep painting over it, and it must be removed. It doesn't meet God's standards. God is not going to inspect our lives in the last day with a little flashlight. "Oh, that looks right." He's going to put us in the crucible of His righteousness, and nothing that is not of Him will stand. It's all going to burn: wood, hay, and stubble. It's going to burn, and so Father wants to do the tearing down now, prior to the judgment. He wants to do the work in us that alone will satisfy Him.
Jeremiah says it this way-it's something that I think is difficult for us to grab a hold of, but it's vital. Go to Jeremiah, Chapter 31, verse 28. "And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD." Turn to Jeremiah, Chapter 1, but keep your finger here for a moment. Listen to what the prophet of God says as the Spirit of God is speaking through him. He's telling Jeremiah, "I'm going to use you as a spokesman to stand before the children of God and to bring judgment upon them; they are going to go into captivity. Babylon is My chastening rod. It's My refining fire. I'm going to find a remnant, and the only way that I'm going to be able to find this remnant is through this method. I have put My words in your mouth, Jeremiah. Do not be afraid of the faces of the people [verse 8]. Do not say, 'I am a child,' but speak whatever I command you to speak." And the Lord put forth His hand, and He touched his mouth. And He said, "I have set you over the nations this day and over the kingdoms, to root out, to pull down, to destroy, and to throw down." There's a whole lot more about destruction than building. But He's making it very clear: to renew you, I must throw you down, destroy you, and pluck up what you've built. All these things that you think are great are going to fall at your feet. When you finally see yourself worthless and incapable, then I will build you up, because My strength is made perfect in weakness. In this building process, we struggle with that. We want the quick works but they don't last. They are cheap. God has good taste. God is not thrifty. He is lavish as He expresses His glory.
This is the work taking place in the church. We need to prepare ourselves and realize there must be a refining. There must be a tearing down so that He can build it again in His image, so that He can build it again for His glory. The labor is in vain if the Lord isn't building the house. We can't build on the old. We can't use the old wineskins, but this is what's happening today.