A building is no more secure than the foundation upon which it is built.
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones…” (1Cor 3:11,12).
Among Bible-believing Christians, there should be no debate about the spiritual foundation of our faith and belief: That foundation is faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone. The problems and disagreements in the Church, however, often arise concerning how we build upon that solid foundation.
By what process should we be building the new life in Christ? Is the new life built on a physical foundation, a series of do’s and don’ts, a certain way of dressing and behaving? Is the new life built upon a foundation of intellectual understandings or, in other words, is knowledge the key? Or is the new life built upon a spiritual foundation directed by the Holy Spirit? These questions are what lead to so much confusion and even division in the Church. It is the “how’s” that can be so confusing.
The truth is that we all would probably agree that the work of Christ in us is spiritual; yet, in truth, we tend to lean on the physical realm and the intellectual or knowledge realm to accomplish a spiritual goal.
We are encouraged by Scripture to build with gold, silver and precious stones (1Cor 3:12-14). What do these elements represent? How do we construct a life that cannot be shaken? How do we construct a life, in Christ, that is filled with joy, peace and victorious living, regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves?
SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH
Deuteronomy 29:29 states, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
This scripture verse indicates that there are some things that God has enabled us to understand, and other things that are too high or lofty for us to understand. “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa 55:8,9).
When we encounter things that are too high for us to understand, we must accept them by faith. Faith enables us to see the invisible, to accept those thoughts and ideas of God that are too high for us to understand with our natural minds (Prov 3:5-8).
For example, the mystery of the Trinity is one of those truths that require thought that is higher than ours. This concept cannot be well understood in human terms because we have no point of reference to describe “three in one”.
It is clear from Scripture that God is One. Yet we are required to comprehend that God is also three. People use different terms to describe the essence of the three: three dimensions, personalities, out-workings. By this, we try to describe the truth that God exhibits Himself in three ways: as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. All three are co-equal; all three are One!