"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste" (Isaiah 28:16).

Isaiah speaking by the Spirit of God, foretold about Jesus being a foundation upon which we are to stand. If we believe on him we will not be forced to flee (make haste).

Peter quotes this scripture in 1 Peter 2:6 when he writes,

"Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded."

Jesus is the foundation

In Ephesians chapter 2, Paul further reveals to us what the foundation is starting in verse 19,

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens 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."

We cannot build this foundation in ourselves. It has to be laid in our hearts by the apostles and prophets ministry, and it is built upon a revelation of Jesus Christ and him crucified and raised again from the dead.

In 1st Corinthians 12:28 Paul tells us,

"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues."

God starts a church with an apostle and prophet, and this servant is given a revelation of the gospel (1st Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the gospel) which he can then impart to us as God directs.

Paul again writing in 1st Corinthians 3:9-11,

"For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. 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 that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

A house built on rock

The above quoted scriptures refer to Jesus as a rock and a foundation and to us as a building. Jesus in Luke 6:46-49 says,

"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."

In Matthew chapter 7, this same parable is told and not only did floods come, but great winds. And the house fell and great was the fall of the house built upon the sand. If our beliefs are not built upon a foundation of Jesus, we will not be able to withstand the tribulations that will come upon us. And there will be tribulation!

Tribulation and the Kingdom of God

Jesus was speaking to his disciples when he said in John 16:32-33,

"Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

These storms and floods of tribulation come from Satan (or those who yield to him), when we try to hear and obey the words of God. Jesus commanded us to be of good cheer when these tribulations come because he overcame the world and these storms will pass and our faith that is built upon him (the rock) will survive. The end result will be the kingdom of God established in our hearts.

In Luke 17:20-21, Jesus said,

"The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

In Acts 14, Paul was stoned and left for dead for speaking the words of God. He arose and continued to preach the gospel in verse 22,

"Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

The enemy does not want God's faith to be established in our hearts which is built upon a foundation of Jesus, because it is this faith that causes him to flee. James says in chapter 4, verse 7,

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

But not without a fight and with great temptations and tribulations.

Foundation Faith

Our faith has to be established in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not a faith built upon religious tradition or denominational teachings. But a faith that is of God and established in our hearts upon a solid foundation that cannot be moved. We will never go on to perfection (completion) until this has been established. And this will never be established unless it is the will of God.

Not all were foreordained by God to be perfected. This is most humbling, but the writer of Hebrews says in chapter 6:1-3,

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to 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 judgement. And this will we do, if God permit."

If God permits! What if I want to be perfected? I go to church each Sunday and keep the 10 commandments! Doesn't matter. We are not going anywhere with God unless it is His will and He leads us by His Spirit. We cannot even repent unless it is the will of God.

Romans 2:4 tells us that it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. All we can do is humble ourselves and submit ourselves to God (James 4:6-7).

Referring back to Hebrews chapter 6, you can see that there are several principles of the doctrine of Christ that have to be laid in our hearts to ensure that we have a solid foundation. As noted above these are

(1) repentance from dead works

(2) faith towards God

(3) doctrine of baptisms

(4) laying on of hands

(5) resurrection of the dead

(6) eternal judgement

As God directs, I will share the teachings that have been established in my heart concerning these foundational truths. These were laid in my heart by the apostle Jesus Christ through his servant Doyle Davidson, an apostle and prophet sent to a wicked generation (which includes all of us).

God bless you and come back soon.

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