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.