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IHN Bible CollegeTherefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. And this we will do, if God permits. (Hebrews 6:1-3 NASB)

Our lives, the lives of true believers, are compared buildings that are God’s.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (I Corinthians 3:9 NASB)

The Church, which is not a building or an institution, is the body of believers together in Christ. This body, the Church, is also compared to a building.

in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22 NASB)

Every building that someone builds must have a solid foundation to build on in order for that building to remain standing. If the building is built on a weak foundation then the building will eventually collapse. But id the building is build on a sold foundation then the building will remain standing.

If God is to build in us a strong, spiritual house then we must first have a strong and solid foundation for Him to build on. God has a master building plan for our lives. For Him to build us up then the foundation He wishes to build on must be laid according to His plan. The Bible is the blue print to the building and foundation.

GOD’S BUILDING PLAN

Don’t jump to any conclusions just yet. We all know that faith is the beginning of the foundation. We will be getting into this as we go along so please be patient. For now we must understand God wants to dwell in each and everyone of us. However, for Him to do this He must have a proper dwelling place. It must be prepared for Him and by Him.

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (I Corinthians 3:16 NASB)

If we are God’s temple and His Spirit dwells within us then we should do everything we can to have a strong spiritual foundation.

According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.(I Corinthians 3:10-11 NASB)

 

The spiritual foundation is found in and based on God’s Word. In other words, the Bible.

A FIRM FOUNDATION

Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” (II Timothy 2:19 NASB)

 

A GOOD FOUNDATION:

storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. (I Timothy 6:19 NASB)

 

AN ETERNAL FOUNDATION:

When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation. (Proverbs 10:25 NASB)

 

BASED ON TWO BASIC PRINCIPLES:

Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” (II Timothy 2:19 NASB)

According to this verse two principles on which the foundation stands are:

  1. We are called to be His: The Lord knows those who are His.
  1. We must be repentant of sin:  Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.

The word “abstain” means to restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something. This is the essence of repentance. To repent means to “turn away from”. This is not a one time act. It is something we must do continuously.

 

A FOUNDATION OF SOLID ROCK:

he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. (Luke 6:48 NASB)

 

THE ROCK IS JESUS CHRIST:

‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.’ (Isaiah 44:8 NASB)

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 3:11 NASB)

 

JESUS IS THE FOUNDATION

Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed. (Isaiah 28:16 NASB)

As with the laying of any foundation, the most important piece is the cornerstone. The cornerstone of a foundation is the first stone laid. It must be set perfectly with the right height, the right angle, and the right strength. The reason is because all the rest of the foundation is build upon that stone which is the guide for the rest of the foundation.

Our spiritual cornerstone is Jesus the Christ.

Too many professing Christians rely on their church programs and ministries of doing good works without building their own relationship with God. They give the outward appearance of having a spiritual structure that is strong, yet when they are faced with strong attacks from the devil and the world around them their faith crumbles. They fall into depression, get discouraged, become defeated and fall into sin. Had their foundation been built on Jesus they would have been strong enough to endure and persevere.

Therefore, as in the real life building of a structure must be built on a solid foundation that will support the building out spiritual lives must be built on solid spiritual foundation.

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. (I Corinthians 3:11-13 NASB)

Although doing good works is an important part of our Christian walk it is only part of the spiritual life of a Christian. When the judgment comes Jesus will be looking not only at our good works but at the love we have for others and the transparency of our daily life.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NASB)

This verse tells us God knows the hearts and minds of man. He knows our intentions. He knows the secrets we keep. He knows the difference between what we show others and who we truly are.

By having a good foundation in Christ Jesus we will have our spiritual home build strong and able to keep us safe from the evil one.

God’s Word tells us about this spiritual foundation not only in comparison to building a home but it also speaks directly to our spiritual foundation.

If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3 NASB)

Not having a proper spiritual foundation will result in spiritual disaster. The book of Haggai tells of a time when Israel was having poor harvests. Haggai spoke of their ways and told the people to “Consider” their ways.

You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.” Thus says the Lord of hosts, “ Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord. You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. (Haggai 1:6-9 NASB)

Likewise we must consider our ways. Are we looking for pleasures in life or for life eternal? Are we wanting more of this world or more of the Kingdom of God? Are we trying to keep up with those around us or following the life of Jesus? Sometimes we need to rebuild our lives, bot the physical and the spiritual. We must determine what it is we truly seek and then set our lives to attain that goal.

If we seek self gratification rather than seeking God’s will in our lives God will turn from us.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Ask now the priests for a ruling: If a man carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and touches bread with this fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?’” And the priests answered, “No.” Then Haggai said, “If one who is unclean from a corpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?” And the priests answered, “It will become unclean.” Then Haggai said, “‘So is this people. And so is this nation before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean. (Haggai 2:11-14 NASB)

This verse speaks about making something unholy because of uncleanliness.

Let’s say there was a man who volunteered at a soup kitchen for the homeless. He did this through his church to show he was a good Christian and wants to show his good works. Then one day he buys a sandwich from a convenience store and takes a few bites out of it but decides he doesn’t like it or doesn’t want it for some reason. So he throws it in a trashcan instead of offering it to a homeless man who is sitting next to the trashcan.

His uncleanliness comes from his lack of love for this homeless man. This uncleanliness now makes his good works unclean. Therefore, his good works is no longer considered by God as faithful and love works.

Haggai told the people of Israel they needed to rebuild the foundation of the Lord’s temple. They repented and began to rebuild the temple. From that day God began to bless Israel and rebuild their hearts.

 ‘Do consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month; from the day when the temple of the Lord was founded, consider: Is the seed still in the barn? Even including the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree, it has not borne fruit. Yet from this day on I will bless you.’” (Haggai 2:18-19 NASB)

Again, just as with the people of Israel, if we begin to build a proper spiritual foundation God will bless you. He will help you build and will guide you to where He wants you to go.

 

THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS

Jesus taught many things through parables. One of these parables was about building a spiritual foundation. It is recorded in Matthew and Luke. Both of these are written below. Both are similar but written differently. Study them both and see the correlation for yourself.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:24-29 NASB)

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Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:47-49 NASB)

 

DOCTRINE OF JESUS:

The word, “Doctrine” means teaching. When we say, “the doctrine of Jesus” we are saying, “the teachings of Jesus”. There is a distinct difference sometimes between church doctrine and Biblical doctrine. What a church teaches does not necessarily match what the Bible teaches. it is important when choosing a church home to know and understand what that church teaches and if it matches the teaching of Jesus or not.

Note that when the people heard these teachings of Jesus they were “amazed”. They felt Jesus was teaching as “one having authority”.

Once the proper foundation is laid then construction (growth) can begin. However, we cannot run until we can first walk. We must first drink milk before eating meat.

Paul had to work with new churches that were still worldly in their ways. They were wanting Jesus but needed to have that foundation laid before they could move onto spiritual strength they were looking for.

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NASB)

 

THE CORRECT FOUNDATION:

How do we know what the correct foundation is? Jesus taught us three steps to laying a proper foundation back in Luke 6:47 we read previously.

  1. Everyone who comes to Me
  2. Everyone who hears My words
  3. Everyone who acts on My words

These three steps are paramount to our relationship with Jesus and the laying of the correct foundation. We start with the very first thing everyone must do to start the foundation. That is by laying the chief cornerstone which is Christ Jesus. We must come to Him.

Next, we must hear His words. We do this by reading the Word of God and becoming familiar with the gospel of Jesus. We also need to listen to God fearing preachers of the Word.

You will know them by their fruits . . . (Mathew 7:16 NASB)

This verse is something to keep in mind when listening to preachers. Are they just trying to build an empire or teach the Word of God?

This second step goes beyond just hearing His words but to act upon them which is step 3.

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46 NASB)

The Word of God, the Bible, must be accepted as the absolute authority of God’s will and plan for us. It must be understood that the Bible is not from man but from God Himself.

for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:21 NASB)

What is the purpose of God’s Word beyond teaching us His will?

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; (2 Timothy 3:16 NASB)

 

THE WRONG FOUNDATION:

How do we know what the wrong foundation is?

We start by seeing there is a wrong foundation. Luke 6:49 speaks of the fooling man who built on sand. This was obviously the wrong foundation to build on and implies there are wrong spiritual foundations as well.

When you build your foundations on church doctrine that does not correspond with biblical doctrine or you are more concerned with tradition or ritual then you are building on sand.

 

LIFE STORMS:

Another spiritual fact Jesus taught in His parable was that life has storms. Life as we know it in this age was never meant to be easy and without problems. Everyone of us have to deal with life issues from minor to extremely major. Job loss, houses burning down, and cars dying on us are just a few and are the norms of worldly life.

Then there are emotional crisis that can cause more damage to our lives than the worldly issues. Divorce, loss of family members, illness and injuries all cause emotional stress in our lives. Even in the lives of the strongest believers.

God warns us of tribulations and that we must deal with them no matter what.

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NASB)

This statement that Jesus has overcome the world is meant to be comforting to us. He is telling us that no matter had bad things get, if we keep faith in Him, His overcoming of the world will save us for all eternity. He will take away those things that cause tribulation in our lives.

And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:26-27 NASB)

If you have the proper foundation then, when things are shaken, you will remain standing.

 

FOUNDATION REQUIRED:

In the world a good foundation is required to construct a sound building. Likewise, in the spiritual world a good foundation is required to build spiritual maturity.

Spiritual maturity is what comes after a proper foundation is laid. To start laying this foundation you must first respond to God’s Word and integrate His truths into the spiritual foundation of your life. If you do not respond to God;s Word then you are like the man spoken of by James.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22-25 NASB)

Remember that from the moment you decide to start building your spiritual life on the proper foundation, God will bless you.


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