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Only One Foundation

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11, NRSV).

Christianity begins with faith in Jesus Christ. It is our personal and corporate trust in Christ that makes us Christians. Christianity is not, first of all, a commitment to certain ideas or rules of behavior. It is commitment to Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul says it in this verse: there is no other foundation. Everything else that Christians believe is built upon the foundation of our faith in Christ.

Now, when we speak of “faith” we are not speaking simply of intellectual agreement. Faith is personal trust. Faith is a relationship with Christ. So, we could say that the beginning point of Christianity is a personal trust in Jesus Christ. How could there be any other starting point? There is no other foundation but Christ. Faith is a personal matter. There is no other way to enter the the kingdom of God except by living faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

In the Gospel of John Jesus said: "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again." (John 3:3). That is what faith in Christ is like: it is like starting life all over again on a new basis. It is like being “born again.” It is like being “born from above.” For some this happens dramatically. For other, more quietly. For some it comes with great struggle. For others the decision of faith is easy and natural. But, a faith relationship to Jesus Christ is absolutely essential for the Christian. In terms of our own experience, it is the beginning of a whole new relationship with God.

The Christian message is — above all else — the message of Christ. Jesus Christ is the focus of our faith. Christ’s life and attitude is the standard for our own lives. His death and resurrection is the basis of our hope and salvation.

The foundation of our faith is not some human idea or discovery. It is not based in human morality or mysticism. It is not “the science of religion” — as if human reflection were its basis. The foundation of our faith is the fact of Jesus Christ: his life, his teaching, his death, his resurrection. God has revealed Himself to the world in Jesus Christ.

And, it is never so much “I found God” as “God found me.”

God has taken the first step toward us in sending Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God is at work in our lives long before we are aware that it is the Spirit of God!

In the Gospel of John we read: “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth....No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known. (John 1:14,18, NRSV). It is God who has chosen to reveal Himself to us in Jesus Christ. By human endeavor alone we could never find the truth of God. All our intelligence, all our good works, all our religious ritual, all our meditation, would never be enough. God finds us in Jesus Christ.

The foundation of our faith is a person. Our faith is not simply in an idea. It is our personal response to Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ we find the truth of God clothed in a person. Again, in the Gospel of John we read these words of Jesus: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NRSV).

Are you consciously trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life? Well, that’s what faith is.

There is only one foundation. Is Jesus Christ the foundation of your life and hope today? We experience freedom, forgiveness, hope, love, and life when Christ is Savior and Lord.

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