Theology, Uncategorized

Cornerstone of Building

10 According to the [remarkable] grace of God which was given to me [to prepare me for my task], like a skillful master builder I laid a foundation, and now another is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it, 11 for no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will be clearly shown [for what it is]; for the day [of judgment] will disclose it, because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality and character and worth of each person’s work

 – 1 Corinthians 3:10-13 (AMP)

 When you are building any kind of structure the first thing that goes in is the foundation. A foundation must be deep enough and wide enough to support the structure above. It must be able to withstand the forces of nature and any future expansion. It is the cornerstone of the entire build.  This is the most critical portion of the build and many times the portion that is least developed by those planning the build.

The same can be said for those who profess to be “Christians” in society today. Oh they are in church most Sundays, they say the right things and they know the right cornerstone (Jesus) but their doctrine (foundation) is not very deep. This results in their often trying to displace the already existing foundation. Some of you may have had the misfortune to do foundation repairs in your life; it is not an easy task, digging out the foundation, jacking up a house, pouring concrete it is quite an undertaking and very costly.

Note what our text says of Paul According to the [remarkable] grace of God which was given to me [to prepare me for my task], like a skillful master builder I laid a foundation. God had given Paul the needed Grace to plant a solid foundation (Christ Jesus) in Corinth. He alone is the divine foundation, all sufficient, strong enough for any building.

Yet again far too many will look to build upon Christ outside of sound Biblical Doctrine.  But each one must be careful how he builds on it, and now another is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it, 11 for no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will be clearly shown [for what it is];” for today we seem to lose focus far too easily and want the quick and easy way every time.

Yet just as in constructing a house or church, constructing our own personal sanctification takes time and it is a process that needs to be done properly and in the proper stages. The day is coming when all our flaws in rushing to completion will be seen,  for the day [of judgment] will disclose it, because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality and character and worth of each person’s work, and I think we’d all like to hear “Well done my good and faithful.. “

– Mike

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