The Foundation of the ONE TRUE CHURCH
We now look to the foundation upon which THE ONE TRUE CHURCH stands. We know that a proper foundation is necessary for any structure. We also learn from the parable of the wise and foolish builders that the foundation upon which one builds their house is very important. This is what Jesus was teaching in Matthew 7:24-27.
Matt 16:16 "And Simon Peter answered and said 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God".
Concerning this foundation, the apostle Paul also made reference to it. Notice in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 "According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Paul also talks about this foundation in Ephesians 2:20 when he is talking about our relationship within the household of faith or the church. Notice then, "v19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone."
Peter also mentions the fact that Christians are the living stones that are being built up. 1 Peter 2:4-6 "And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture; Behold I lay in Zion A Choice stone, a precious stone,and he who believes in him shall not be disappointed."
The foundation upon which the ONE TRUE CHURCH is built is very solid indeed. Throughout the scriptures, God is pictured as being the rock and a mighty fortress. The quotation found in 1 Peter 2:6 from the previous quote is taken from Isaiah 28:16. This teaches us that GOD laid the foundation.
When we go to Ephesians chapter one, we learn that God had laid the foundation of the Church before He laid the foundations of the world.
Eph 1:3-6 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."
The foundation upon which the ONE TRUE CHURCH is built is the FACT THAT Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
For one to try to place some other foundation is foolish and erroneous. Many will place principles, and ideals as the basis for their faith, but the Bible teaches plainly that JESUS CHRIST IS the only foundation upon which the church is to be built.
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