The Foundation of God
“…the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows those who are His“. II Tim. 2:19.
“…other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”. I Cor. 3:11.
“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation”. Isa. 28:16.
The foundation of the Church* is the Lord Jesus Christ, He is the foundation upon which we build. The hymn writer wrote…
The Church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ, our Lord
Jesus Christ is the Rock of Ages upon which the City of God (the Church) is built.
Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
He whose word cannot be broken
formed thee for His own abode;
on the Rock of Ages founded,
what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation's walls surrounded,
thou may'st smile at all thy foes.
“Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God…
Jesus answered and said unto him…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:16&18.
We stand upon the divine revelation that Christ is the Rock and that He builds His Church. Of which He is both the foundation and the cornerstone.
“…you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Eph. 2:19-22.
That which is not built upon the foundation that is Jesus Christ will fail and fall.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
See: Luke 6:48-49, 14:28.
*Assembly The word “church” is of Saxon origin and means Lord’s house (Kirche. Hence the term “house of God”), it does not mean a gathering or assembly, which is the meaning of the Greek word ekklesia (ἐκκλησία), French Église, Welsh Eglwys. The Scottish word for church Kirk, is derived from Kirche.