Jesus Christ is the Foundation

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:11

Every building first requires a solid foundation on which it will be build. It is the same whether it is construction, such as buildings, bridges, highways; projects and institutions of any kind. Without a foundation it is impossible to build a strong organization. To be sustained the church has a foundation in the person of Jesus Christ. And as 1 Corinthians 3:11 says no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid.

The civil engineering professionals, like my son-in-law, know very well that in any building, the base or foundation must be able to hold the entire structure. The base, also called footing or foundation is the set of structural elements whose mission is to transmit the loads of the building or the floor supported the elements, distributing them so that they do not exceed their allowable pressure and zonal loads occur. Because soil strength is usually lower than that of the pillars or walls which bear, the contact area between the ground and the foundation will be proportionally larger than the supported elements (except in very consistent rocky soils).

Instead the structure is part of the building that receives and transmits supports loads or weights through its elements to the ground. In construction, the structure has a better and more logical behavior when more direct makes the transmission of forces from the elements that make up the field. In other words, while there is a good link between the foundation and structure, the better the performance of the latter according to the principles of civil engineering.

The church is the structure and its foundation, its base, its footing is alone and no one but Jesus Christ. Contrary to what some have misinterpreted Scripture in Matthew 16:18: And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The rock on which was built the church is not Peter or any other man, but the Lord Jesus himself. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says very clearly that no one can lay any foundation other over who is laid, that is Jesus Christ.

Peter himself refutes those who erroneously have wanted to place him as the foundation of the church. 1 Peter 2:4-5 says: Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. If every member of the church is a living stone is because we are supported by the living rock Jesus Christ.

Having clear that Jesus is the foundation of the church, we as the structure, receive, endure and transmit His message to the world. And we can do it correctly as we have a direct connection, a good link with Jesus Christ. Our behavior will be better when we are connected with Him. God bless you.


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