A construction crew was handed a set of blueprints for a house and told to build the structure exactly as drawn. Upon finishing, the crew stood back to admire their work. It was a "dream house," being well designed and spacious. However they soon discovered a serious problem. None of the utilities has been built in. "How could this have happened?" the foreman inquired. After careful examination of the blueprints, it was discovered that the architect had forgot to draw the utility blueprint. Everything the architect had drawn was perfect and without flaw, but he provided an incomplete set of blueprints for the builders.
Now in our parable, God is the architect of the church and we are the builders. God has provided man with a set of blueprints... the Holy Bible. (Heb 8:5 & 1 Cor 3:10-11) They are the pattern of doctrine and worship for the church. But are the blueprints complete? Did God provide a complete set of blueprints or are we left to guess? Is the Bible complete enough to be considered an all sufficient guide?
Jesus made this promise to the apostles in Jn 16:13, "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth". The apostles were inspired directly by the Holy Spirit and thus we have all the truth in the New Testament. This fulfills the very promise that Jesus made to them. Isn't it great to know that we have a permanent written unchangeable record of all the truth in the pages of the Bible. The last book of the Bible to be written was Revelation in about 96 AD. Since that time nothing has been added to the Bible. The Bible then became a complete set of blueprints for man to build the church and home from. Although many modern skeptics are constantly attacking the Bible as God's word, Christians are told to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" Jude 3. Notice the expression, "delivered once for all". This proves that the Bible is indeed a book that contains all the information that God intended for man to know. God is not constantly adding to His message down through the ages. It was "delivered once for all" and we have a permanent record of "all the truth" in the Bible.
Is your home built with Bible blueprints? Do you pattern your lifestyle and family after the Bible? If not, you might wake up one morning and realize that something when very wrong when you were building and now it is too late to go back. Your problem, like in our story, requires major expensive renovations. The Bible is God's guide to man on how to live and worship. "God's divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness" 2 Pet 1:3. "Everything" means nothing has been left out that we need to build our homes.
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