This is what God gave me today in his word:
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:20-21)
Wait a minute, let’s get this straight: I’m getting built on something? What, am I? A building? — What does Paul mean we’re being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets?
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (Ephesians 2:19)
“We are members of the household of God,” and are now being built on the foundation of the Prophets and Apostles; a foundation, one may even say, that could represent the Old and New Testaments, with Christ as the cornerstone to them both… See where I’m heading with this yet?
Let’s take a quick look at what exactly it is our Christ life is being built on:
Well first, the foundation of the Apostles. What is the foundation laid by the Apostles? Well, it’s the whole New Testament. It’s every mistake (Peter) they made and every right decision they made. It’s their records of Jesus’ life, and more importantly, death. It’s the parables they didn’t understand, but which we can now understand. It is, I repeat, the whole New Testament.
Second, we have the foundation of the Prophets. What is that? It’s everything they wrote, everything they did; they’re whole life. It’s pretty much all the Old Testament, in other words.
Now, we have the final thing we’re built on: Jesus Christ Himself. He’s the corner-stone, the one who go’s right in the middle. The one who holds the other parts of the foundation together. How, I wonder, does Jesus do that? So what do both Testaments have in common?: Both of their subjects is Christ’s death on the cross! In the New Testament that’s obvious. A little less so in the Old Testament, but it’s still there. For example, take Creation:
The world was underwater; drowned, if you will. But, on the third day, God brought it out of its drowned state and started to make it flourish with life… Sort of like how the world was covered in a thick layer of sin, yet on the third day after Jesus’ death, he rose again, saving the world.
We’re always being built upon Spiritually. When we read our bibles, we learn from God himself. When we listen to sermons, we learn from mans interpretation of the Bible. The thing is, man’s interpretation is often wrong. Or at least somewhat morphed from what, in reality, is the point of the passage. Thus extreme discernment is required: always ask yourself, “is this the gold of the Gospel, or is it the straw that man tries fashion something plausible with?
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)
You are Loved!