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A Solid Foundation
Matthew 7:24-27
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

My home was built in 1850, long before today's modern technology that can tell you what is going on under the surface of the earth. The foundation consisted of rocks and boulders that were dug up from the ground as the land was cleared. To this day, the support beams holding up the floor are trees that have been flattened on either side and still have the bark on the remainder of the tree. 

No more than fifteen feet off of the north west corner of our home is the original well. But what the original builder didn't realize is the well tapped into an underground creek that runs right under the house. Over the years the northwest corner of the foundation shifted as the ground beneath it gave way with the movement of the creek. That portion of the foundation has since been reinforced and replaced by concrete blocks but that doesn't provide an answer to the creek that still runs under the house. A foundation that is not built upon solid ground will always be suspect and in danger of collapse. 

The principle that Jesus is teaching in Matthew 7 still applies in this day and time. When we build our lives upon the Word of God then we are on solid ground. But to build our lives upon anything else will always leave us in the position of watching our lives fall down around us. 

Why is the Word of God solid ground? 

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God has integrity to everything He declares. If God has said it, then God will do it. That makes His Word solid, something that can be trusted day after day and time after time. The fault for a lack of results cannot be laid at the feet of God. Rather the problem begins with twisting what the Bible says to fit a preconceived thought pattern based upon a dubious theological assumption. People can't believe the Bible if they aren't being taught what the Bible actually says. Right results require right believing. 

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

With God there is no variableness. He doesn't change with the times, He doesn't become something else because of the current situation. What God was yesterday, He is today, and will remain tomorrow. God didn't become graceful for this administration, God has always been a God of grace. When Adam sinned in the Garden God didn't suddenly become a God of forgiveness, God has always been forgiving. 

God's goodness, God's integrity, God's faithfulness, God's unlimited power makes Him solid ground. When you build your life upon His words, you have built your life upon a rock, His rock The Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Why is Jesus Christ the foundation? To understand the answer to this question we need to understand our identification in Adam and Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:12
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Both times the word "by" in this verse is the Greek preposition dia. When dia is used in the genitive case it means through or by means of and when it is used in the accusative case it means because of or on account of. In Romans 5:12 both cases are used. The first dia is in the accusative case and the second is in the genitive case. Therefore, the verse would accurately read, "Wherefore, on account of one man sin entered into the world and death through sin..."

All of Adam's descendants are subject to sin and death because of the actions of Adam. When he followed his own will, rejecting the will of God, Adam lost holy spirit. Without holy spirit Adam lost spiritual life leaving only his natural nature which is guided and ruled by the five senses. God is spirit and spirit does not register with the senses, the senses only move on things that can be seen, tasted, smelled, felt, or heard.

This helps us understand why God had to do things like a burning bush in order to get the attention of Moses, or manna from heaven to get the nation of Israel to pay attention. God had to come into concretion in order to help natural man believe. Once man lost holy spirit God coming into concretion gave man something his senses could register and believe. When a person has the accurate Word of God and believes it, the results God declared would come, absolutely come.

Acts 17:26
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

While on Mars Hill, teaching the Athenians, Paul declared how all nations are of one blood. The blood he spoke of was the blood, or bloodline of Adam. In Adam all of humanity has a sin nature and a future date with death. 

Romans 7:18
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

In this verse we have the figure of speech metonymy whereby flesh is put for the old or natural nature. We received no good thing in our identification with Adam. The only reason the flesh can sometimes appear good is because the flesh is knowingly or ignorantly copying a principle from God's Word. All ideas, principles, and schemes that come solely from the flesh will lead to misery and failure.

Ephesians 4:17-19
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

This, and so much more, is our identification in Adam. It is an identification that must be broken or we cannot have fellowship with God. In the flesh alone we can exist but never truly have life. To have life we must first have a connection to God. 

There is only one way to break this identification with Adam and that is with a new nature. The old nature cannot be fixed, or polished, or improved. Man's religions have been trying that since the Garden, since Adam thought fig leaves would cover for losing holy spirit! The Pharisees worked at dressing up the outside and modern religion is no different. As a wise man once said, "You can change the label on the pickle jar, but it doesn't change the pickle on the inside."

Matthew 23:27-28
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

This is human nature, a nature that we have inherited from Adam but one that is broken in our identification in Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:45
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

The first Adam was made a living soul. He had a perfect body, and he had perfect breath life or soul life, and he had a perfect spirit from God. When he went his own way he lost holy spirit and corrupted his soul life which in turn corrupted the life in his body. For the life of the flesh is in the blood.

Leviticus 17:11
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Due to the corruption of the flesh in Adam's bloodline, God promised in Genesis 3 that He would send the seed of the woman. But women don't have seed, they have the egg. It is the figure of speech synecdoche and shows that man would have nothing to do with the coming of the promised redeemer. Therefore Jesus was born of a virgin.

John 1:13
Which were [literally - who was] born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus was not born of the same bloodline as Adam, Jesus was perfect in soul life as Adam had been when he was first formed, made, and created in the Garden. Jesus was not born of the flesh, not of Adam's line and not by the will of man.

Matthew 27:4
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

Judas declared after betraying Jesus that he had betrayed the innocent blood. It was innocent because unlike Adam, Jesus had always done the will of his Father. What Adam had given up to God's adversary Jesus had regained through his obedience and sacrifice. Like the sacrificial lamb of the Old Testament, without spot or blemish, Jesus Christ laid down his life as a sin offering for all of mankind.

Hebrews 2:14
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he [Jesus Christ] also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

The word "partakers" is the Greek word koinoneo and means to share fully. We share fully in the flesh and blood of Adam. The Greek word for "took part" is metecho and means to take only a part or portion. Jesus was flesh like us but his blood was new, a new strain of blood like what Adam had before he sinned.

Hebrews 9:13-14
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

All of the works of the flesh are dead works. Dead works performed by people who are condemned to death. They are like a prisoner sitting in a cell on death row and proclaiming his righteousness because he hasn't committed a crime the whole time he has been confined to his cell. 

Adam sold mankind into spiritual slavery. Jesus paid the price of buying mankind's freedom from spiritual slavery and the disappointing misery of being without God and without hope. After living a sinless life he freely and willingly gave his life as the perfect sacrifice.

Therefore, when we confess that Jesus did what we could not do for ourselves and believe that God raised him from the dead, we switch our identification from Adam to Jesus. It is in our identification in Jesus Christ that we become a new creation, we receive a new nature. God makes man new from the inside out, not as religion from the outside only.

The foundation Adam left for us makes my home seem like it was built upon the rock of Gibraltar. But things of the flesh are not always what they seem or appear. The original builder of my home thought he was building a solid home that could protect himself and his family. He had no realization that which flowed under his home rendered it unstable and condemned it by the shifting sands.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

When you are identified in Christ you have the right and godly foundation. The question now becomes, what will you build upon that foundation? 

1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The choice for the believer becomes whether you will build to the flesh or to the spirit. Once you are identified in Christ it is no longer a matter of salvation but of a life that is more than abundant, a life that leads to spiritual rewards.

The blueprints have been drawn up and set before the believer. Now we need to follow the plan that God has laid out through the ministry of the Apostle Paul in the gospel of grace.