“I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee (v.3)
King Solomon asked,”But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?(1 Ki.8:27;Is.66:1). Here we have a general idea as to the significance of the house. A house as a place of rest. In a manner os speaking the House of God is where God is at rest.
However the key verse points to something else. Jesus Christ points the house entrusted to man. Many of the parables that Jesus spoke during his brief earthly ministry were to urge all his hearers to be ever watchful.”But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up (Matt.24:43). The house several cases doubles for the church as well. While comparing Moses with Jesus the writer to the Hebrews uses the house in the sense that is more apt in the present case. The Church at Sardis had a name but was dead; and one may ask, but whose fault was it? In order to appreciate what any church is up against we need ask what is the role of a member in it. Each of us as many members when we come together the only reason is to glorify God and draw consolation as well as share ourselves for the spiritual edification of all. We do all in the love of Christ. But if the church is only in name and almost dead are not we partly to blame? We draw consolation from a habit or from the power of God that a congregation can bring out from their experience and of being connected in real time to the Presence of God in their midst?
“But Christ as a son over his own house: whose house are we…(He.3:6)”God is the Maker of heaven and the earth.It is also the Church, the body of Christ. So when we speak of a house or a temple the significance is in the intimacy that you would want to place emphasis upon. When God the Son has shed his blood so he may found a church blameless and holy in the sight of God (Col.1:18-23) we may well be sure no price was high in his sight where fellowship is between God and man. He joyously ran his course to fulfill his ministry and was set down on the right hand of God.His promise of his Coming is what makes any church be watchful and found ready. It is the House of God and we are servants, each one is entrusted with talents in varying degrees of which we have to give account of. “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more (Lk.12:48)”.
It is the House of God, He being the Maker of Heaven and the earth expects our steadfast loyalty. It is Holy because it is redeemed by the blood of his Son in whom is the fulness and his very own image. As the parable of the faithful servant teaches us we are called to give proof of our calling. “Therefore be ye also ready,(v.44). In the following passage Jesus Christ commends the servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household and is found at his watch.”Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing (v.47).” Whosoever peddles unwholesome doctrines calculated to sow discord in the house is a thief, like the enemy who sowed tares while men slept (Matt.13:25). The field is of Jesus Christ as well as the house. Church at Sardis had to guard against Satan coming in while they slept. Jesus warns us that we are also in danger of being broken up with divisive doctrines while we gather to glorify our Savior Lord, without being really engaged. We need to get back to our first love.”Strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die.
(To be continued)