â€œBut ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.â€ (Jude 1:20-21)
The New Testament relationship of the twice-born to the eternal condition is compared to a â€œbuildingâ€ of God (Ephesians 2:22) made up of â€œlively stonesâ€ (1 Peter 2:5). Thus, there is often the exhortation for us to build a holy association with each other (Romans 14:19) and to seek to build a strong assembly as we work together (Ephesians 4:16).
Each of the many references uses some combination of descriptive preposition or adjective along with the term for house. The general application assumes that since we will be â€œhousedâ€ together in eternity, we should seek to be building that house while on Earth. Even those who are in authority in the â€œhouse of Godâ€ (1 Timothy 3:15) are to be focused on building that house (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Jude addresses the individual. He presumes we are aware that we are â€œbuilt upon the foundation of the apostles and prophetsâ€ with â€œJesus Christ himself being the chief corner stoneâ€ (Ephesians 2:20). Even with a â€œwise masterbuilderâ€ like Paul to give us inspired instructions (1 Corinthians 3:10), we need to be very careful how we build on the foundation that Jesus Christ has laid for us. Our work can be â€œgold, silver, and precious stones, wood, hay, [or] stubble,â€ and will be evaluated by the â€œfireâ€ of Godâ€™s timeless judgment (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).
The construction of the buildingâ€”both the larger house and the individual â€œlively stonesâ€ that make up the houseâ€”are to be built up on the â€œmost holy faith.â€ Once the foundation has been laid by Jesus Christ, we are to be â€œrooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgivingâ€ (Colossians 2:7). HMM III