FOUNDATIONS

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I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

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THE BODY OF CHRIST

THE BEGINNING -

LESSON 5.

 

 

The Body in Perfection

  1. The Foundation of the Body.

In the lessons leading up to this one, we have learned and developed the understanding that the church (“The Called Out”), was God's eternal purpose in Christ Jesus (The Messiah of promise and prophecy, and testified of by the fore-runner and by God in signs and wonders). For “The Body of Christ” to be perfect, could it be founded upon anything or anyone else?

 

The Apostle Paul would issue to “The Body of Christ” in Corinth a statement of truth that spans all time –

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

 

By the establishment of this founding truth, the exclusion of any other foundation is mandated (human, civil governing, corporate, etc…).

The true foundation of “The Body of Christ” was spoken of long before it was laid, note:

Isaiah 8:14 “He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”

Originally spoken of Isaiah (who we see as a type of Christ), then quoted by Peter as a response of many who would reject Him as the true Corner Stone of the foundation (1 Peter 2:8).

 

Isaiah 28:16 “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; Whoever believes will not act hastily.”

Psalm 118:22-23 “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This was the LORD's doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.”

As with any tried and true structure, there must be a perfectly laid foundation. This would be the case in “The Body of Christ”; however, many would stumble at the Stone that God would lay as the founding stone.

Peter and John, having been arrested, found themselves before the high court of the land, answering charges for the source of the power by which they had healed a lame man. Peter would boldly through the Spirit of God; state that Jesus Christ was in fact the power behind the miracle. In addition, he would ad:

Acts 4:11-12 “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

In Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome, he would define the present state of Israel in the flesh (Romans 9:30-33-10:1-4). It would be a testament to the fact that the majority of the children of Israel, who should have been builders in the kingdom; however, had in fact rejected the True Foundation of the kingdom –

Romans 9:31-33 “but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

 

Later, Paul would write to Christians at Ephesus concerning the nearness that they as members of “The Body of Christ” now know through Christ, and the unification of all men as equals in this body. He would include the construction of this perfect Body, founded on the True Stone, comprised of citizens joined together perfectly as a habitation of God (a spiritual temple), note:

Ephesians 2:19-22 “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

 

Finally, Peter would write to Christians in Asia Minor. In his letter to these whom he would call “pilgrims” and “sojourners” (as temporary residents, both in the new area they find themselves, and on earth in general – 1 Peter 1:1; 2:11), that they were in fact “Living stones” and “Being built up a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5). Once again the emphasis would be that these precious stones were being built on a single established foundation –

1 Peter 2:6 “Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

 

Peter, like Paul, would also recognize that there would be many who would reject this Foundation of God (labeled as disobedient and stumbling in disobedience to the word – 1 Peter 2:7-8). Had they remained appointed to the word, they would know what you and I have easily discovered; that Jesus Christ is the only Foundation of the “Called Out” (church).

What is the significance of this singular Foundation?

 

 

In this initial point of “The Body of Christin perfection, we have to take notice of a vital step in the unfolding what God has determined that the “Body of Christ”, the “Called Out”, the “Kingdom of God”, and “House of God” should be built upon.

As we will look at the beginning of “The Body of Christ” in the next lesson, we will see in the origin of “The Body of Christ” and the subsequent growth of “The Body” that all that is recorded as acceptable will be built on this Foundation only!

We must remember that the church (The Called Out – Ekklesia), was God's eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus!

Since we know that there are many entities that claim to be something to God through Christ; we have to appreciate that the only way we can establish for ourselves what is accurate and what is counterfeit, is to compare it to the original.

 

Does it Honor His Executive Authority? Founded upon Him, glorifying Him, and wearing His name?

 

Does it Honor His Legislative Authority? Remember that those who reject Him as the Chief Cornerstone, do so by being disobedient to the “word” that they were appointed too (1 Peter 2:8). Does it then follow the “Doctrine of Christ” (2 John 9) as its sole source of authority? Does it allow anything else to be part of the guiding laws of “The Body” apart from the legislation of the Lord? Does it only follow in part, that which was to govern “The Body of Christ” in the unification of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-6)? Does it demonstrate or deny the legitimate local organization that God gave through Christ to establish order, feed the flock, and protect the once delivered sound doctrine (elders – shepherds; Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)?

 

Does it Honor His Judicial Authority? Does it teach that all those who wear His Name will stand before His throne and answer for the deeds done in their bodies, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10); based on the Legislative mandates in the word?

 

We will find, conclusively, in the coming lessons; that “The Body of Christ”, from its beginning and throughout the revelation of the doctrine of Christ absolutely honored the Foundation of Christ exclusively!

 

Next: “The Body in Perfection – The Establishment of the Body”