THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH

Written by: Pastor Jonathan

 

 

Today’s big question: who is the Head of the church?

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the
corner. As we begin our devotionals on biblical authority and the church, it is
important that we start with the proper foundation. Jesus Christ, the head of
the church, is that foundation. 1Corinthians 3: 11; says; for no other
foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Colossians 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 may have the preeminence.
The Bible often uses the image of a cornerstone, the first and most essential
stone laid in the construction of a building, to refer to Christ. Literally
translated, this word means “the head of the corner.” Throughout the Old
Testament, we are given prophecies of this coming Head. Matthew 21: 42; and Act
4: 11; Jesus said to them; have you never read in the scripture; the stone
which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the
Lord’s doing. And it is marvelous in our eyes? The Jewish builders refused;
their political ones; their rulers, that believed not on Him, the princes of
this world, that rose up against Him and crucified Him; even those who were the
supporter of their civil state, and maintainers of it; but more especially
their ecclesiastical builders, the chief priest, Scribes, and Pharisees, who
build the people, or directed them to build on their carnal privileges, the
traditions of the elders, and their own legal righteousness. These refused to
receive Jesus as the Messiah, and to believe in Him; they refuse to own and honor
Him as King of Zion, they refused His doctrines and ordinances; they refuse to
hear Him preach, or suffer others to hear Him; they refuse to make use of Him
in the spiritual building, either to preach Him themselves, of allow others to
do it, they rejected Him with contempt; they set Him at naught , and preferred
a thief and a robber to Him. Isaiah 28:16; therefore thus says the Lord God:
behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious
cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.

In the New Testament, Jesus quoted the prophecy from Psalm 118 and
applied it to Himself.(Matt:21: 42;). Both Paul and Peter later affirmed that
Christ is this cornerstone. Eph: 2: 20; Acts 4: 11; 1 Peter 2: 4-8; to whom
coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God,
and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to the God of
Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, behold, I lay in
Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believe on Him shall not
be confounded. Unto to you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto
them which be disobedient, the stone which the builder disallowed, the same is
made the Head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence
even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they
were appointed.

Christ fulfilled the prophecies and became our Cornerstone by dying for
us and raising from the dead( Eph: 1: 20;) which He wrought in Christ, when He
raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly
places. He is therefore head over all things to the church, which is His body.
Clearly, the head is crucial for the health of the body. Your body would be
lifeless without your head, and in the same way it is from Christ that we, the
church, are to live and grow. Eph: 4: 15-16; but speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom
the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint
supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes
increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. The head is the
source of commands and decisions that affect the rest of the bogy. Likewise,
Christ guides and directs the church. In Scripture there is also a parallel
between Christ as the Head of the church and the husband the head of the wife.
1 Corinthians: 11: 3; but I would have you know, that the head of every man is
Christ; and the head of every woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
The wife is therefore to submit to the husband, just as the church is to submit
to Christ.

The principal stone placed at the corner of the edifice. This is
usually one of the largest, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed
of any in the edifice. Of course one would be needed at each corner of the
building to constitute a firm support, but usually there is one placed at one
corner of an edifice larger and more carefully made than the others, often laid
with imposing ceremonies, and prepared to contain whatever it may be thought
necessary to deposit in the foundation of the building to be transmitted to
future times as preserving the name of the builders, or expressing the design
of the edifice. Such a position he who had been rejected was to occupy in the
civil polity of his country; such a position eminently the Lord Jesus occupies
in relation to the church. Eph: 2:20; and are built upon the foundation of the
apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.

Jesus Christ, though rejected by the world, is our Cornerstone; He is
our Head and our Foundation. He is the reason the church exists, and everything
we do must be based on Him. Christ is to have preeminence in the church, our
lives, and all things.

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