Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Firm Foundation

I have done very little construction in my lifetime, but one thing I know is this: a firm foundation is essential to the success of any structure.

Whether you are working with toy blocks or building a skyscraper the same concept is true. We all know the result of an unbalanced, weak, or cracked foundation. When the storms come the structure will be destroyed, even if the walls, windows, and roof were all strong. A firm foundation is vital to the vitality of any building.

Paul compared the truth of Christ’s message to a firm foundation. II Timothy 2:19 says, “But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.’”

To better understand Paul’s point we need to keep the context in mind. In the preceding verses the apostle mentioned two men by name—Hymenaeus and Philetus—who he called “gangrene” because they had “swerved from the truth.” Understanding that context would allow us to restate verse 19 this way: “God’s truth stands as a firm foundation…”

The truth of God’s message is the strong structure upon which we can build our faith, theology, even our very lives. When the storms of life come the building (us) will stand strong because we have a firm foundation.

There are loud voices today saying things like there is no hell, Jesus affirmed homosexuality, the Bible has flaws, and God used evolution to create the world, among other things. Those voices are gangrene, swerving from the truth. If they continue on that path then eventually they will crumble apart because their foundation is based upon wishful thinking or manmade theology.

Make sure that your foundation is firm. Keep building on the whole counsel of God’s inerrant Word

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