Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians
The Foundation of Jesus Christ
A foundation is a natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:46-49 AV)1. A person who comes to Lord Jesus, and hears and does what he says, builds a foundation on a rock. When trouble comes, that person's life cannot be shaken.
2. That person who lays his foundation on the rock must first dig deeply into the things of God which is normally hidden and above man's scrutiny.
3. A person who comes to Lord Jesus, and hears what he says, but does not do it, builds a foundation upon the earth. When trouble comes, that person's life is greatly ruined.
4. The typology for "house" is the dwelling place of the soul.
5. The typology for "earth" is the affairs, interests and pursuits of natural life.
6. The typology for "rock" is a person's spiritual life in Christ. (This typology speaks of the Rock as spoken of in 1 Cor 10:4)
7. Therefore, if a person looks for the deep things of God, and maintains a spiritual life in Christ, then his life will not be disturbed when trouble comes. If a person maintains a life concerned with the affairs, interests and pursuits of natural life, then that person's life will be ruined when trouble comes.
8. A person who digs deep into the things of God, hears and does what Jesus says is saved. A person who hears but does not do what Jesus says is destroyed.
Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. (Romans 15:19-21 AV)9. Paul's ministry was as a master builder of foundations. He was responsible for building foundations of those who had never heard of Christ, and teaching them so they could perceive and understand the signs, wonders and power of the Spirit of God through the gospel of Christ. He was careful not to confuse new converts by building on the foundation of another teacher, and taught only those whose foundation could be laid completely by him.
Becker Bible Studies presents "The Foundation of Jesus Christ" in the same spirit that Paul did in his ministry. We have no desire to finish a foundation that is half built by another teacher. We offer 001 Foundation with hopes that all students participating in this study start a solid foundation with the six principles of the doctrine of Christ. We recognize that many students will come with some knowledge concerning foundation principles, however, it is important for all students to have the solid foundation that is presented in this study. Without the solid foundation of the principles of the doctrine of Christ, a student's growth cannot be perfected.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. (Hebrews 6:1-3 AV)10. The doctrine of Christ is used for the laying of foundation. This doctrine of Christ contains six principles that must be taught to all Christians.
These six principles of the doctrine of Christ for foundation building are:
1. Sins (Dead Works)
3. Water Baptism
4. Holy Spirit Baptism (Laying on of hands)
11. Once the foundation of the doctrine of Christ is laid, a student should go on to learning new things of the LORD GOD according to His Grace and Will. No student can grow to perfection, by repeatedly learning the six principles of the doctrine of Christ.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15 AV)12. A foundation is laid so that it can be built upon.
13. A foundation cannot be laid unless it is on the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
14. A house is built upon a foundation only by works.
15. Works are acts performed in obedience to the law of God. They include righteous deeds, growth, creation and building in spiritual life.
16. A foundation is laid so a Christian may do works that glorify the LORD GOD. If a Christian's works survive the revealing by fire, they will receive a reward from the LORD GOD. If a Christian's works are burned by fire, they will suffer loss. HOWEVER, a Christian's salvation is never in jeopardy, and the faithful will be saved. (We will be studying this in the next chapter “Sin“).
17. Because a "house" is the "dwelling place of the soul", then a person's works, from the doctrine of Christ, is the place where the soul dwells. In other words, You are rewarded or suffer loss for what you do! WORKS!
18. Because the "foundation" is made by the doctrine of Christ, then a person's faith, is the place where the works begin. In other words, You are saved for what you believe! FAITH!
19. The six foundation principles of the Doctrine of Christ are vital for both a person's faith and works. Faith and works, without the foundation of Christ, will not survive.
And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:25-33 AV)20. A person must consider the cost of being a disciple (student) to Jesus, before the laying of the foundation. If a student is not willing to give up everything he has, bear his cross, and follow after Jesus, he cannot be a disciple of Christ. If a person does not consider the cost before beginning, and stops the foundation building before it is finished, he becomes vulnerable to deceit or ridicule and being led into false belief.
21. The typology for “cross” is exposure to death, i.e. self-denial. Jesus only wants a foundation building student if that person is willing to deny himself and forsake (separate from) everything he holds dear.
We have seen so many people over the years who have started a foundation building with Christ, and stopped suddenly when they realized that Jesus required them to follow Him completely and give up their will and embrace the LORD GOD's Will. We have seen these same people, over and over and over, being led into false beliefs because their unfinished foundation was taken advantage of by the enemy darkness. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!! Know and accept the cost of following Jesus before you commit to the building of your foundation. When you are willing to love the LORD GOD with your complete heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37) and follow Jesus and forsake all others by hearing and doing what He says, then and only then, allow the foundation of Jesus Christ to be laid in your life.
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About the Authors
Kathy L. McFarland is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from Liberty University, and is currently seeking her Master of Divinity (Professional Ministries Track) degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary & Graduate School. Kathy is a noted expert on Old Testament exegesis, Christian apologetics, and Bible typology and mysteries.