The Biblical doctrine of Foundations is an important concept to grasp so that your Christian life will have stability in the midst of the changing tides of philosophy and humanistic thought. How is your foundation?
1) The foundation provides the basis for stability of a structure Luke 6:48-49.
48 “He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 “But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:48-49 NKJ)
The foundation is established by obedience. Laziness, apathy and indifference to God’s will provide no stability for building a super-structure.
2) The foundation is our understanding of the Word 1 Cor. 3:10
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. (1 Cor. 3:10 NKJ)
Building the foundation takes a pursuit of Truth and concentration on obedience to God’s Spirit through His Word. As we understand and obey, the foundation becomes ready for building a palace of blessing.
3) The true foundation is Jesus Christ 1 Cor. 3:11; cf. 1 Cor. 2:16
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 3:11 NKJ)
Everything is centered on the Lord Jesus. It is not my abilities, or interpretation of Scripture, but what directly relates to the Lord Jesus and His will for building His kingdom in discipleship of others that matters in life.
4) Spiritual production is the structure above the foundation 1 Cor. 3:12
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (1 Cor. 3:12 NKJ)
When I obey and do God’s will in the power of the Holy Spirit, I produce gold, silver and precious stones. But if I am doing moral good, like the Pharisees, it is human good and categorized as wood, hay and straw. The Judgment Seat of Christ will determine if the works will last or not, because the fire will burn up the human good works.
5) The apostles wrote and taught the Church Age foundation Eph. 2:20
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, (Eph. 2:20 NKJ)
God moved through the apostles and those directly connected to the apostles so that Scripture could be recorded for our edification. It became the foundation with the Old Testament upon which we can learn and build our lives. The New Testament was meant for this Church Age in which we live.
6) Our foundation must be grounded in love Eph. 3:17
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Eph. 3:17 NKJ)
If I build on human good works, I have no structure that will last. Therefore I must build based on love for God, which flows toward man as a blessing to him (1 Cor. 13:1-3; 1 Pet. 3:8-9).
7) The foundation built on God is firm 2 Tim. 2:19
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Tim. 2:19 NKJ)
The foundation is firm, because believers identify only with the Lord Jesus and they run to holiness away from sin and wickedness.