Christ is Foundational

1 CORINTHIANS 3:11  “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

A good foundation is essential to the integrity of any building. The ability of a house to weather storms and the relentless powers of decay, is dependent on the quality of its foundation. Spiritually, Jesus Christ is the only foundation of the Christian faith. He is the only foundation that will stand the storms of time and the eternal judgments of God.

I observed a newer brick home recently that was severely damaged as the result of a faulty foundation. Because the foundation had sunk on one corner, the brick walls also sank, causing very large and unsightly cracks in the brick work. No doubt the owner of that house will suffer significant financial loss as the result of this faulty foundation. We would all be wise to consider the foundation of our faith and hope of heaven. If we have a faulty spiritual foundation, our entire faith someday will sink, and we will fall into everlasting destruction in the lake of fire and suffer the loss of our eternal souls! 

May we take time even now to examine the foundation of our faith, and make certain that we are standing on the only sure foundation. As we will see from the scriptures, the only true foundation of the Christian faith is the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.


How does Jesus Christ become our foundation? The Scriptures teach that we receive Jesus Christ by faith in His person and work. We must believe that Jesus is the sinless, virgin born Son of God; that as a man He died on the cross for our sins; and that He was buried and rose again the third day for our eternal justification.

Does your faith rest on the foundation of church membership, baptism, good works, keeping the law of Moses, or on keeping some manmade creed? Or is your foundation one of believing in Jesus and holding out faithful to the end for salvation? May the Lord help you to see that your foundation is faulty! We are saved by believing in Jesus and His works for our salvation. We are not saved by our doing or working:

GALATIANS 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

Yes, baptism and church membership are works. Holding out faithful to the end for salvation is works. Keeping the law of Moses for salvation is works.  Be not deceived, the natural man seeks to be justified by his works.

If you are trusting in your works or in another Jesus, may the Lord grant you grace to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures, and to receive the only true foundation of the Christian faith.


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