Our foundation must be based on the eternal unchanging Word of God; not on an individual or another man's opinion. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. If you call yourself an ambassador of the Kingdom and mix your opinions with the Lord God's Constitution (meaning the Word), you are an ambassador that needs to be recalled. An ambassador of the Kingdom of God doesn't mix his opinion with God's Word to sway others to see his point of view. That makes a poor foundation. The Word of the Lord Jesus is the strongest foundation mankind can embrace. Ambassador Paul put it this way: For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.
Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
All of these representatives and ambassadors of the Kingdom had a very strong faith in the King's Word. They had a foundation of great substance and strength. They all had a very strong hope in His promises. For example: Stephen, when the people and religious leaders prepared to stone him, this is what he said: “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.”
The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” Now that was a citizen of the Kingdom with a very strong foundation of great substance and hope.
Another one with a strong foundation was Paul, ambassador to the people outside the Jewish nation. Throughout his life for the King, he faced many tribulations, challenges, and disappointments--with both his nation and his brothers in the Lord. No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A strong faith in the King's Constitution will keep you intact when the evil one throws doubt in your path. In most cases it will come through those you most have confidence in. That is when you find out what your foundation is made of!
We will continue next time.
Luke 6:46-49 Mark 13:31 I Corinthians 3:9-11
Acts 7:51-56 Romans 8:37-39 all NLT
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