Fitly Framed Together
Matthew 16:18b: . . . I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Ephesians 2:19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 4:15: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
1 Corinthians 12:18: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
Who does the building, fitting, framing and joining together in a church? Jesus does. Too often people desire a church that fits the tastes of their flesh with no concern for what pleases God. Believers should desire the church Jesus wants to fit them into. Those who do not want to be saved will find a church where they will not be. Believers who want to dabble in the Bible a little bit will find a church that will dabble in the Bible a little bit. Those who do not want to live for the Lord will find a church full of like-minded individuals. Those who want to feel good about themselves will find a church that will help them with that. Those who do not want the growing pains of growing in the Lord will find a church where they will not grow. Those who do not want to be reproved and corrected will find a church that won*t reprove and correct them. Those who do not understand the Bible will seek churches that will not help them. Individuals who do not want to be held accountable to God will find churches that will not hold them accountable. Individuals who do not want their lives changed will find churches where their lives will not be changed. Individuals that are tolerant of sin will find churches that are tolerant of sin. The least committed among believers will not attend a church at all.
If you have a Christian friend who is not growing, DO NOT attend the church he attends unless he is an exception in that church. Those who want the preeminence in their relationships will prefer churches where they will have that.
Colossians 1:16: For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
3 John 1:9: I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
Imagine someone who would not receive the Apostle John through whom God penned the Gospel of John, first, second and third John and the book of the Revelation.
1 Corinthians 11:1: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Among friends, the ones who are farthest from the Lord will desire churches that are far from Him. Those who are farther from the Lord should follow those who are more closely following Him. And the church a family attends should be chosen by the family member who is most closely following Christ. When we are not regularly attending the most Biblical local church we can find we are preventing God from fitting us and framing us together into it. That church will suffer and so will we. That church will not be what God wants it to be and we will not be the fruitful Christians He wants us to be.