God’s House

God’s House

When one enters a home he discovers there is a certain order maintained. If it is a Christian home, it is the man who is the authority and he will set the pattern. In God’s house He has the right to establish the rules of conduct.

…but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15 NKJ).

Notice the importance of the local assembly. It is God’s house, His dwelling, God’s assembly, His congregation. As such His Word is the ultimate authority. Since this is true our concern should be to know God’s Word and then obey it.

Paul was very strong in affirming that as he wrote to the churches he spoke with the authority of God (1 Cor. 14:37) His words then have the same authority as Moses or any of the prophets of old.

As he writes he states that these are the commands of God. The word “ought “is the Greek word dei and is a very strong word the same as used in John 3 of the new birth. “You must be born again.” This is not an option but a necessity. It might be translated “how one must conduct himself in the house of God.” These are not instructions then only for Timothy but for the whole church.

And yet most churches today disregard these instructions. After the first century and the passing of the apostles, churches began to drift away from the simplicity of the early churches. In time many had adopted the practice of having one man over a congregation called a bishop or overseer. And so the clergy and laity concept grew. The clergy were now the ones expected to teach, officiate at services and perform baptisms. The Roman Catholic Church has developed an elaborate hierarchy of Pope, cardinals, bishops and priests.

Most churches today have a clergy system with a priest or pastor over the church. The Lord’s warning against titles and a special clergy class are ignored (Matt. 23). The teaching about elders is misapplied to the clergy, if it is considered at all. And yet through the ages there have been groups that returned to the simplicity of those early days and have known the blessing of God (see The Pilgrim Church by Broadbent).

Moses was commended for following the instructions given him in building the tabernacle (Ex. 40). The tabernacle was a material structure and only lasted a few centuries Today as we labor to see souls saved and built into the house of God (1 Cor. 3) we are building an eternal temple for God. Let us then take seriously the instructions recorded in God’s Word. There is great joy in obedience. Remember these are the commandments of the living God.

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Donald Norbie

Donald Norbie was born in 1923 in Minnesota. He was saved in 1938. He continued his college education after World War II and serving in the U. S. Navy. After completing his graduate work, Donald and his wife, Marie, were commended to the Lord’s work by their assembly in Wheaton, Illinois in 1949. He taught at Emmaus Bible School for three years. After this, he and his family moved to Oklahoma to evangelize and teach the Bible. In 1970, they moved to Colorado and have lived there ever since. Mr. Norbie continues to be active in evangelism, teaching, and writing.