Building on the Foundation
How many people do you know who live in a house, condo or apartment? Yes, me too. Most everyone I know lives in one of those three options. Have you ever seen anyone living in a foundation that does not have a house or something built on it yet? They are almost always living in a building on the foundation.
Sounds a little crazy, huh? Foundations are great… But you can’t live in them!
Hebrews 6:1-3 ESV (focus Verse 1)
1“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith towards God, 2and of instruction about washing, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And this we will do if God permits.”
Ladies’ Bible Study Group
I attend a wonderful ladies’ Bible study group. We are presently studying through the Book of Hebrews and this past week we were in Chapter 5 and just the first three verses of Chapter 6.
When we were discussing the above text, we were talking about stopping at the foundation of faith which is described in 6:1-2. The writer of Hebrews is talking about growing up in the Word and in our faith.
Let’s look closer at Verse 1:
1“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go onto maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and faith toward God…”
So… I am sure you know what to do when you see the word therefore in a passage, right? It points to previous verses. I hope you will go back and read Hebrews 5:11-14 today.
“…let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ…”
When I read this I said: “Wait!! What?”
But the next phrase must be put with it.
“…and go onto maturity…”
So we are not turning away from that doctrine but going forward in it.
How would we do that?? I think a few things must happen:
- Spend time getting to know God through prayer, Bible study, hearing solid Biblical teaching often, fellowshipping with other Christians and worship both corporate and private.
- You must apply what you are learning in your life as you learn it.
I am sure you have heard the saying: “Use it or lose it.”
Me – NOT TECHY!!
I fall very short of being a techy person. I struggle to make every change I make on my website. Just know that if it does not work right yet, I have not found out how to do it yet. Tutorials are my best friends. BUT, I have a terrible habit of watching a tutorial and not implementing it right away for one reason or another. For me that makes the tutorial a complete waste of time. I will never remember how to do it later so I’ll have to go back and watch it again. Sheer madness!!
Learn and Learn Again
It is very similar with what God teaches us. If we do not immediately implement it in our lives, most likely we will simply forget about it, causing us to have to “learn” it again later. I put the word, learn, in quotes because if we really learn something, do we need to learn it again??
“…not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…”
Dead works is said “works leading unto death” in other translations. This simply means that we cannot do any work that saves us. This, not putting our hope in our works, is tied together with having faith in God – which He gives us. It is a gift from Him. This description goes on into Verse 2.
But today, let’s focus on the word foundation.
Building a House
Think about building a house. Anyone who has ever been involved in building a house knows that the foundation is absolutely crucial. The stability and usefulness of that house depend on a solid well-designed and well-constructed foundation. But for that house to serve its purpose, we cannot stop the construction there, right??
Salvation – Foundation
The same goes with our salvation and walk with God, doesn’t it? We cannot stop at salvation. Salvation is the foundation. We must grow up in our faith and walk.
Sanctification – Floors, Walls, Doors, Windows, and Roof
Sanctification is the rest of the “house”. As soon as we come to faith in Christ, we begin the process of sanctification. Salvation takes a split second and sanctification takes a lifetime. Sanctification, as I am sure most of you know, is a big word for God making us like Jesus a little at a time.
Stopping at the Foundation
Though the foundation in home construction is incredibly important, it is of very little if any use if we stop there.
Imagine going through a Maine winter or even a South Carolina winter, in a nice spacious concrete block foundation. Sounds like fun, right?? How about taking shelter during a blizzard in a nice basement foundation – nothing else just floor and walls? Or hunkering down in a severe thunderstorm in a crawlspace foundation or better yet how about a slab foundation?? Oh my! That really does not sound like any fun at all!
Our Foundation in Christ
Our foundation in Christ is established when we get saved. It is the knowledge and understanding of what Christ did for us on the cross along with the other basic teachings about repentance, faith, baptism, eternal judgment, and eternal life.
The most exciting thing about sanctification taking a lifetime is that we never know all there is to know about God. There is always more to learn about our Awesome Mighty God… ALWAYS! And the more we know the more exciting our relationship with Him is!
Salvation is amazing because we are made new creations in Christ, but at that time we see only a glimpse of the Amazing Wonderful Loving Infinite God to whom we have surrendered our lives!
Things to Ponder:
- Have you stopped at the foundation phase of your construction?
- Are you excited about knowing Him better and better? If not, ask Him to help you with that.
- Are you actively applying what you learn in God’s Word?
Go Deeper Today: