“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”
There must always be a foundation for anything to stand. A building without a foundation is a building that will crumble in the storms and earthquakes. A life without a foundation is a life that will be destroyed by the winds of life. Everything needs a foundation if it is going to withstand the tempests that life will bring its way.
Likewise, the old paths will never stand if we destroy the foundations upon which we were built. Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” One of Satan’s tactics is to get the believer to leave the foundations upon which they were built for newer and more palatable foundations that have never been tried. Sadly, many have fallen for these false, progressive foundations that have been built upon the moving sands of life which will crumble when the hurricanes of life come their way. The believer must be careful to build upon the foundation that has been given to them instead of trying to rebuild the foundations upon the moving sands of life that change with the tides of worldly trends. Several observations need to be adhered to about building upon the foundation.
First, there is only one foundation. The verse above says, “And are built upon the foundation…” There are not many foundations to build upon, but one foundation. Too many are looking for another foundation when what has been given to us is what we are to build upon. Every edifice only has one foundation; likewise, if you are going to please the LORD, you must not look for another foundation, but upon the foundation of the old paths that were handed to us from previous generations.
Second, you are to build upon the foundation of the generations of the past. The verse above says, “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets…” Every person before us is part of the foundation upon which we are to build. Every generation has a group of people who think the previous generation was wrong. My friend, don’t yoke up with those who are trying to redefine the foundations instead of building upon the foundation given to us from the previous generation. You are going to find that the previous generation built upon the foundation instead of trying to build a new foundation. Don’t let the voices of change woo you into building on the moving sands of life that change with the tides of worldly trends.
Third, building on the foundation is what stimulates growth and holiness. Verse 21 says, “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:” One thing that will help you to determine if you are building on the foundation or on the sands of life is if what want to do causes you to be more holy or more worldly. Growth must not be acquired through any means possible; rather, you must grow without forsaking the holiness of Christ-honoring standards that keep you holy and in tune with the Scriptures.
Flee from those who are critical of the foundation upon which the old paths were built. Those who criticize previous generations are building on the changing sands of worldly trends that lead to broken lives. You will always be safe by building on the foundation of the previous generation because the cornerstone of this foundation is Christ.