no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11, NIV).
of a building is more important to its stability than the
foundation. The strength and design of the building are critically
dependent on the quality of the foundation. Without a solid
foundation, the building is worthless and even dangerous.
about Christ's place in the church, the apostle Paul skillfully
employs an architectural metaphor to portray this principle.
Not only is Christ the sure foundation, but He is the one
and only foundation. As the hymn writer puts it: "The
church has one foundation, 'tis Jesus Christ her Lord."
The durability and impregnability of the church are grounded
on the solidarity of the sure foundation. The church's message,
mission, and destiny are secure and steadfast because they
are built on the bed rock of Christ the firm foundation.
those who believe, Christ is a sure foundation. ... This is
the only foundation upon which we may securely build. It is
broad enough for all, and strong enough to sustain the weight
and burden of the whole world."--Review and Herald,
May 25, 1911. The foundation of the Christian gospel cannot
fail or fall. The Scriptures confidently affirm that "God's
solid foundation stands firm" (2 Timothy 2:19, NIV).
It is so firm and reliable that "the gates of Hades will
not overcome it" (Matthew 16:18, NIV).
aspect of the Christian life--domestic or spiritual, personal
or corporate--Christ is the sure foundation. The following
inspired gem deserves our deepest reflection: "In our
character building we must build on Christ. He is the sure
foundation-- a foundation which can never be moved. The tempest
of temptation and trial cannot move the building which is
riveted to the Eternal Rock."--Sons and Daughters
of God, p. 155.
Prayer Today: Lord, since Jesus is the sure foundation,
I will build securely on Him. Amen!