Theme: BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION
A foundation is defined by The New Websters Dictionary of the English Language as “the solid base either natural or prepared from concrete, etc, on which a building is raised.” The Jews have a custom of building their houses on a rock or other firm foundation – for the purpose, no doubt, of ensuring that it stands the test of time. The foundation in the context of this address is Jesus Christ whom the Almighty God JEHOVAH is using to fulfil His divine promises for mankind. On his shoulders rest the government of God – Isaiah 9:6,7.
Text: “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 3:11.
Comment: Because of his faithfulness and pre-eminent position in the work of God the Bible variously describes Jesus Christ as “a precious corner stone, a tried stone, a sure foundation”. Indeed, without Christ no one can get salvation. As it is written: “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” (Isaiah 28:16) St. Peter quoting the prophet David in Psalm 118:22 affirmed that Jesus Christ “is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner”. He added, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12; See also 1 Peter 2:6-8) Jesus Christ provides firm assurance on which people of God can repose their trust and stay their hopes. He will never fail them nor desert or forsake them. He that trusts in Jesus Christ shall never be anxious, in haste, fear or in want. Such shall never be confounded; their expectations shall not be frustrated by God’s grace and power. “…Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans 9:33