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Proverbs 9:1, “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars”
Does God have a local Church in this age? When the Apostle Paul wrote, “to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,” that he was speaking of all of God’s children (Hebrews 12:23). The word “Church” by definition is “A called out assembly”, and God will call all those for whom he died from a death in sin to a life in Christ.
The bible is also very clear concerning a local “called out assembly” as well. The Apostle Paul was clear in some of the opening remarks of his epistles to whom it was he was writing to, and would often reference the Church. For instance: “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth”, “Unto the churches of Galatia”. The Apostle Paul told Timothy in 1Tim.3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth.”
The wise Solomon speaks of the local church in the book of Proverbs. He states in chapter nine that, “Wisdom hath builded her house”. Wisdom is used here as a noun and can only be referenced to Christ, for He is Wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1:24 states, “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” What a fitting name for the Savior! It was the wisdom of God that justice was satisfied in that nature that sinned. God could not just look over sin and impart mercy at the expense of justice. It was the wise woman of Tekoah that told King David, “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him”(2 Samuel 14:14). It was in Christ that sin was judged, condemned, and paid for, Romans 8:3, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”. Yes, it would take wisdom of God to impart mercy and grace towards his beloved and to turn his hands of love and affection towards his elect. The Lord sums up Christ as Wisdom through his work on Calvary by in Isaiah 53:11, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”
It is Wisdom who hath builded her house! We as Carnal man often get the idea that we can just put a sign over the door and start meeting and it will be the Lord’s church. But it is Wisdom that builds the house, not man. Zechariah 6:13a states, “Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory”. While it is true that those in His church have a responsibility to build in the church through knowledge and truth, it is Wisdom that first must build the church! The Apostle Peter spoke of our responsibility in 1Peter 2:5, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Romans 12:1 and Hebrews 13:15 tell us what the sacrifices are.
“She hath hewn out her seven pillars”. This is speaking of the soundness of Gods house. Christ told the Apostle Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The rock is speaking of Christ, not Peter. The Lord’s house is a kingdom that cannot be moved or shaken (Hebrews 12:26-29). No matter how hard Satan tries or how persistent wicked man is, he will never be able to overthrow God’s house nor rid it from this earth. His church will stand and the truth of the gospel will be preached from it until Christ comes to redeem his elect.
What a great blessing it is to be in His church! Wisdoms house is for the simple. It is for those who with open mind readily receive the message of sovereign grace. Wisdoms house is made up of those who are hungry for spiritual sustenance, and thirst for the message of salvation for ruined sinners. She is an oasis for the weary pilgrim who is journeying through this life, waiting for the time that they are carried home. It is then that the journey will end!
This is the house I want to be part of while in this desert land. Paul said in Hebrews 3:6, “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end”. May we continue to hold fast our confidence and rejoicing of the hope which God has given us!