Message 28 - By Jerry D. Green

No Other Foundation


Just tell them “about Jesus” is what I hear so many say. But just to tell, teach, or preach “about Jesus” is something completely different than telling, teaching, and preaching “the gospel of Christ” which we are commissioned to do (Mark 16:15). Even though Jesus IS the “Way, the Truth, and the Life,” and even though no one can ever come unto the Father except BY Him, it is “…the gospel of (Him, Jesus, the) Christ…,” that “…is the power of God unto (our) salvation…” (Romans 1:16). The gospel of Christ is so much more than just hearing “about,” and/or knowing “about” Jesus. The “…gospel of Christ…” is all those things which transpired in that three day span of time, at the end of Jesus’ life on this earth in a natural body, and includes everything He physically suffered for us in that natural body; including His death on the cross, His burial, His resurrection, and His ascension into Heaven to the right hand of God, and how all of these things pertain to us. These things and how they pertain to us are the foundation of our salvation; the true gospel of Christ. These are the things we must put our faith in. Without these, anything and everything else we may ever tell, teach, or preach about Jesus is futile. Hopefully this little “heads up” will make for a better understanding of the message. JDG


No Other Foundation

Every building is built upon something. What it’s built upon determines whether it will stand or fall. The most basic building block to being saved, is to know, understand, and believe the word of God. Jesus told His disciples, “…The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name… shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). Obviously no one living today has heard first hand from the mouth of Jesus. But God teaches us through His written or spoken word, by His Spirit. Therefore, if the Holy Spirit is to bring to our remembrance the word of God, it must be something in the word of God we have previously read or heard. Equally important however, and perhaps more importantly than having a great knowledge of the word is the “…rightly dividing (of the word of God), the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). We are NOT “…approved unto God…” for our much studying and/or our great knowledge of the word of God, but, for “…rightly dividing the word of truth.  Every cult, every false prophet, every false teacher, every false, deceiving, sheep fleecing person (i.e., the messengers [the ministers] of Satan, II Corinthians 11:13-15) who call themselves Christian, whether ignorantly or willingly ignorant, use the unrightly (my word; meaning incorrectly as opposed to rightly) divided word of God to promote and perpetuate their particular work, message, movement, cause, etc. (Romans 10:3; II Peter 3:5).  But the words of LIFE (the true gospel of Jesus Christ; John 6:63; Romans 1:16) which are hidden in the pages of God’s word (hidden because of the blindness of the hearts and minds of men; II Corinthians 4:3-4) can only be “…rightly divided…” as the Holy Ghost (“…the Spirit of Truth…”) will “…teach…” and “…guide…” us “…into all truth…” (John 14:26; John 16:13-15).

Now the true gospel, which we as Christians are commissioned to preach (which is Jesus and the complete finished work which He accomplished for us upon the cross of Calvary) is something that is not easy to explain to someone who is “…dull of hearing.” “But (can only be known as) God… (reveals it) …unto us by his Spirit” (Hebrews 5:11; I Corinthians 2:9-14). Paul refers to the gospel (the new covenant, which is the grace of God to “…whosoever will…” receive it) as a “…better thing…” (Hebrews 11:40). And Peter says, referring to the gospel as our salvation, “Of which salvation the (Old Testament) prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the GRACE that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by… (those who) …have PREACHED THE GOSPEL unto you… (by) …the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven” (I Peter 1:9-12). The gospel of Jesus is so complete, so wonderful, and so glorious, it is impossible for the carnal mind to comprehend the glory of it. It is so great, so rich, so vast, that Paul finds himself at a loss of words to express it. But, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this GRACE given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:8). The unsearchable riches which he speaks of has absolutely nothing to do with material things.  Rather, He tells of an vision which he had that was so real, he didn’t know if he was in the body or out of the body. “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable (that which is inexpressible with) words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (II Corinthians 12:4). There was a day when I thought Paul had seen or heard something he was not allowed to tell, but that was not the case at all. God had revealed the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to Him, which was against (forbidden by, and contrary to) the law of Moses. Yet, for the remainder of his days he proceeded, through incredible trials and persecutions, to teach and preach Jesus Christ and that unspeakable gospel which he had seen and heard, with all his might.

Paul himself, in what he perceived to be obedience to the law of Moses, and just as Jesus had prophesied (John 16:2-3), persecuted and killed Christians. But now, having received the salvation which is by faith in the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12), he prays for utterance (words) to convey to others the gloriousness of that gospel which was revealed both to and in him (Galatians 1:15-16).  Despite his sufferings from all the adversaries (the thorn[s] in his flesh as he referred to the messenger[s] of Satan who were ever present to buffet [beat] him, to bring all kinds of false teachings into the church, and to hinder in every possible way) he boldly declared the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would hear. He counted it all joy to be counted worthy to suffer every kind of persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ, and the glorious gospel of Him; saying that all those things we suffer for the sake of Jesus and His gospel are not worthy to be compared to the glory of that which shall be revealed IN US “…by the effectual working of His power” (His gospel) working IN and through US (Romans 1:16; 8:18; Ephesians 1:19-20; I Peter 5:1; Ephesians 3:6-8; Galatians 1:6-7). I would remind the reader that there was no Greek word for shall used in the New Testament.  Shall is always a word which was added to some other word by the translators.  This can give a futuristic spin to the word or thought to which it is added.  But this glory which Paul is speaking of is something which, by faith in the true gospel of Jesus Christ, is presently available, accessible, and attainable to God’s children on this side of heaven’s gates, so don’t set your goals too low. Just hear and believe the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

So what does all this have to do with foundation? Well, there must be a basis (a foundation) for any and everything which we believe and do.  Jesus likened those who heard His words and did them to “…a man… (who) …built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock (Strong’s #4073; “a [mass of] rock”): and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was FOUNDED upon a (Strong’s #4073; massive) rock” (Luke 6:48).  Notice that the foundation was the first thing the man built, as a part of the house, and that the massive rock was what the foundation was laid upon.  The Apostle Paul was a trustworthy foundation builder, for the foundation he built was “…not after man.  For (he says,) I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it (by man), but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11-12). The Apostle Paul received greater revelation of the gospel than some of the eyewitness Apostles.  Even Peter attest to the depths of Paul’s revelation knowledge, saying, “ …even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD, which they … (who) …are unlearned and unstable wrest (twist; pervert), as they do also the other (Old Testament) scriptures, unto their own destruction  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing (that) ye know these things before, BEWARE, lest ye also, BEING LED AWAY WITH THE ERROR OF THE WICKED, FALL FROM YOUR OWN STEDFASTNESS” (in the pure, true, and powerful, yet simple gospel of Jesus Christ; II Peter 3:15-17).

One day Jesus asked His disciples, “…Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias (Elijah); and others, Jeremias (Jeremiah), or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, BUT WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM? And Simon Peter answered and said, THOU ART THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for FLESH AND BLOOD hath NOT REVEALED it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (Strong’s #4074; “a (piece of) rock”), And upon THIS ROCK (the affirmation [the fact] that He, Jesus, was indeed the Christ [the Messiah], the Son of the living God; Strong’s #4073; “a [massive] rock”) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-18).

Now I ask, who do you say that Jesus is? This is the first question we should ask ourselves in establishing foundation for what we believe.  Who is this Jesus?  If we do not believe that this “Jesus of Nazareth” was and is “…the Christ (the Messiah), the Son of the living God,” then any and everything else we may believe or do is totally meaningless.  Jesus was Himself the rock which He was speaking of, and yes, because of his bold proclamation, Jesus called Simon Barjona by a new name, “Peter” (Strong’s #4074; “a [piece of] rock”).  “ And upon this rock (Strong’s #4073; the massive rock) I will build my church.” Peter was not the rock the church of Jesus Christ was, and is, built upon, and Peter was not the first Pope.  If that is what you believe, you are “…like a man… (who) …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 6:49). You are totally without FOUNDATION.

Now the commission to the church is to, “…Go ye into all the world, and preach THE GOSPEL (the true gospel of Christ) to every creature” (Mark 16:15). And, the apostle Paul says, “…I’m not ashamed of the (true) gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that… (believes it) … ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). What then is this gospel (this good news) which we are to believe?  Someone will say, it’s unmerited favor, and so it is. Someone else will say, it’s good news, and so it is. But what is the favor?  What is the good news?  Just to say it’s good news or unmerited favor is not enough. I want to know what this good news is, what this unmerited favor is.  Sinners want to know.  Lost souls want to know. And what is the big good news message in the church today?  God wants us to be rich in this worlds goods. This is about as far away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ as a person can get. Nowhere in the rightly divided scriptures is there basis for such a message.  Paul also says, “We… (who minister) …are laborers (workers) together with God: (and) ye (the product of our labor; our work) 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 (Paul) have laid the (pure, true, gospel) FOUNDATION, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For (no) other (infallible) FOUNDATION can… (any) …man (ever) lay than that (which) is laid, which is (the true gospel of the massive rock) JESUS CHRIST” (I Corinthians 3:9-11). This is that same JESUS of whom Peter had so boldly declared to be the Christ, the Son of the living God. Paul had dug deep and laid the foundation for his building upon the massive rock, Jesus Christ, and His sufferings unto death on that cruel cross of Calvary.

The vast majority of Paul’s writings were either in attempting to communicate the wonderful, powerful, soul saving gospel to the churches he had established or in defending IT against the “…grievous wolves…” who, as the messengers of Satan, were ever present, seeking to destroy its power by diluting and polluting it (Philippians 1:17; Galatians 1:6-8; Acts 20:29-30).  But there is something I must point out. When Paul says, “I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon,” he is not saying he has laid the foundation for all churches for all time.  He is simply saying this of those churches which he had founded.  That powerful foundational gospel which he had RECEIVED BY REVELATION of Jesus Christ, and which he taught and preached, must still be taught, preached, and defended in every church and every work, only now the job falls to you and I. Are you willing to preach, teach, and defend the true gospel of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:14-17; Galatians 1:6-8)?  If so, just be sure that what you’re preaching, teaching, and defending is the TRUE gospel.

To the church at Rome Paul writes, “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s FOUNDATION” (Romans 15:20). Paul chose not to go to churches where other men had already laid a faulty foundation because faulty foundations are almost impossible to mend.  It’s hard enough to preach and defend the gospel where a true foundation is laid, much less one that had faulty beginnings (Philippians 1:14-17).  One of the first reformers, Martin Luther, sought to reform the Roman Church but never succeeded.  Later, other men of God obeyed the exhortation to “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, …that ye receive not of her plagues” and God gave mighty revivals (Revelation 18:4; II Corinthians 6:14-17).

Most all churches today are built on someone else’s work, and in too many cases, there is no solid foundation beneath that which they build.  Every new pastor, etc., whether the former work is right or wrong, simply continues to build on that which they inherit.  Others, wanting to build anew, simply build upon the earth.  But I must warn one and all. There is a flood coming.  I would plead with every evangelist, pastor, teacher, or anyone else who is responsible to God for what is being taught and/or preached in your particular church, or churches; to dig deep, “search the scriptures,” and search out the foundation you’re building upon. Is it founded upon the ROCK (the true gospel)?  If you find it to be a polluted foundation (a polluted gospel), and you likely will, get back to a solid foundation (a pure, true gospel) and begin your preaching and teaching programs from there.  If the foundation we build upon is perverted, or is becoming perverted, then the whole building is marked for certain destruction (Luke 6:47-49; I Corinthians 3:9-15; Galatians 1:6-7).

How sure our building is depends altogether on the foundation which we build upon.  If our foundation is not the pure, true gospel of Jesus Christ, as revealed to and preached by the holy apostles, then that which we build will not stand the test.  For Paul continues, “…If any man build upon this FOUNDATION (which he had lain) gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, (or) stubble (straw); Every man’s work shall be made manifest (made apparent): for the day shall declare it (make it plain), because it shall be revealed (disclosed) by fire; and the fire shall try (test) every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built …upon (the true gospel foundation which Paul had built upon), 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” (I Corinthians 3:12-15).  I can say unreservedly that there are many wood, hay, straw, and foundationless houses being built today. But the fire, the flood, and the shaking (Hebrews 12:26-29) is coming.  Can your building stand the test?  Men and women of God, that which we have taught and preached will be tried.  Consequently, let us examine the foundation we are building upon. Is it laid on massive rock, or just built upon the earth? Is it of our own or someone else’s fashioning (inherited)?  Either way, and though it must be so, it’s not enough that it’s built upon the rock, Jesus Christ. There must be the pure, true, gospel foundation of what He did through His death on the cross, His burial, His resurrection and ascension which the Apostle Paul and the eyewitness Apostles preached.  If our building is not built upon the solid foundation of the pure, true gospel, which is laid upon the solid, massive rock, Jesus Christ, all of our works will be burned with fire, or destroyed by flood or shaking.  There IS no “…other (‘…sure…’) foundation…” (I Corinthians 3:11; Isaiah 28:16; Romans 9:33; 10:11; I Peter 2:6).

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