According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 3:10-11
All the apostles worked as builders – building up people, not tearing them down. All apostles – regardless of their individual personalities or working methods – built on the same foundation: Jesus Christ.
It is amazing how many people use the Bible – even in our age – to lay a foundation other than Jesus Christ. Pastors want to make their church the foundation, preachers want to make themselves the foundation, denominations want to make their denomination the foundation, social justice warriors want to make social justice the foundation. Yet there has only ever been one foundation – the one that the prophets and the apostles have given us – Jesus Christ.
The name “Jesus” means “the Lord saves.” In Hebrew, it’s “Joshua.” It’s the name Moses gave his assistant. Thus God names His Son and Servant the same. The prophets spoke of this “Joshua to come” in many portions and in many ways. When He came, and once He rose from the dead, His disciples spoke of Him in many portions and many ways. The prophets were prophesying of Him; the apostles were testifying of Him.
Jesus of Nazareth is the only great figure of human history whose definitive biography was written before He was born. The apostles had no need of documentation for their claims when they began preaching Jesus raised from the dead – all the documentation they needed was in the Hebrew Scriptures, what we call the Old Testament.
The name “Christ” means “anointed,” which was the means by which Israel designated its king. A priest would anoint the designated king with oil. This was to signify God’s choice of this individual. The name “Christ” – or “Messiah” as it was in Hebrew – came to be specifically associated with the descendant of David whom God promised would one day rule all creation and right all wrongs.
Accept no other foundation when you read the Bible or hear it being taught: Jesus Christ.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let me remember to seek for You every single time I go to the Bible. It is You I want to know and imitate…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)