Foundation of the Church
The foundation of the church is on Jesus Christ, the chief corner stone, and also the prophets and the apostles.
The foundation of the church is a very important teaching for disciples of Jesus Christ to know. Many things can be learned from the foundation of the church. I would like to show you examples in scripture of Jesus Christ the cornerstone, the prophets and the apostles.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens 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; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
The Chief Cornerstone - Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone. This is prophesied by the prophets:
Psa_118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Isa_28:16 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.
And later refered to by the apostles:
Mat_21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mar 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Luk_20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
Act_4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
There were many prophets sent by God. All the prophets of God are built on Jesus Christ. Here is a partial list of the prophets of God:
The work of God is to believe on him whom God has sent:
Joh_6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Joh_5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
There were 12 apostles, eye witnesses of Jesus Christ written of in scripture:
Mat 10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
The Apostles Built on Jesus Christ and the Prophets
The apostles were built on Jesus Christ and the prophets. Please see how the apostles resepected, believed, lined up with and reminded people of the prophets: (please note that Jesus Christ respected the words of the prophets, because it was Jesus Christ who sent the prophets)
Mat_1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Mat_2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
Mat_2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Mat_2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying...
Mat_3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Mat_4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying...
Mat_8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Mat_11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
Mat_12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying...
Mat_12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas...
Mat_13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Mat_16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Mat_21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying...
Mat_24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...
Friend, do yo see how I am only into Matthew and there are so many quotes from the prophets? Frankly there are so many that it would take many pages to list them all. Please don't let these few scriptures think there are only this many.
2Ti_2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Importance of Understanding Jesus Christ, Prophets and Apostles
The apostles warned the church about people who would seduce them, or beguile them with vain deceit and lead them away from Jesus Christ. So understanding that the church is founded on Jesus Christ, the prophets and apostles is important when judging whether what someone is saying is true or not. Does what they say line up with Jesus Christ, the prophets and apostles or not?
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
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|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|