THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS

Eph 2:18-20  “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Regardless of who we are, or where we are in our walk with the Lord, we have only one means of admission to the Father. Because of Jesus who, by the power of the Holy Ghost, still preaches to both them that are nigh and them that are far off (see verse 17), we have access to the Father. This statement fully encompasses Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as being the only source of our fellowship and inclusion in God’s covenant.

As a direct result of the work and agreement of these Three in One, we are no longer resident aliens (foreigners) to the commonwealth (see verse 12). Instead, by the power of God, the kingdom has become our native dwelling (fellowcitizens). We have been called by God and set apart for His holy use. We are saints (those who are sanctified) and of the household (relatives) of God!

As the household of God, we have a sure building. We do not have, or need, any new foundation. Unlike men’s buildings, this foundation will never need any propping up. It will never lean, crack, settle, or become unstable. This is the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Our foundation was set, God Himself providing the chief corner stone (Isa 28:16), which is Jesus Christ.

In ancient times, the chief corner stone was the first stone laid in the foundation. The position of the entire structure would be determined by this stone, since all the other stones of the foundation would be set based on this stone. All the true prophets, by inspiration of God, drew on Christ as the corner stone. The accuracy of these prophesies is proof that He was the stone from which they emanated.

Jesus came into the world in keeping with these prophecies. He was born, lived, suffered, died, and was resurrected according to the foretelling of the prophets. The apostles bore witness and left record of what He did and said. They confirmed His resurrection and His ascension back to the Father. They gave powerful testimony of His return in the person of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost.

We are raised up on this foundation with Christ as the chief corner stone. We cannot build upon this foundation until we ourselves have been built upon it by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The position of the building is already set and cannot be moved. The only way to build on a set foundation is to build up. Anything built out from a set foundation requires a different foundation or else it will settle, crack, and fall away shortly.

A different foundation will not have Christ as the chief corner stone. If Christ is not the chief corner stone then God is not the builder. If God is not the builder then the building will not last. Every construct of man will eventually fail and fall away (1Pe 1:24).

May our confidence always and only be in the foundation that has our Lord Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone!

 

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