Jesus the Rock
5.Jesus the rock, the substance for the Foundation of participating fellowship
The foundation is the support upon which we build a house, it is not the foundation as such that keep the house standing through the storm, it is rather the substance upon which the foundation is laid. Jesus said:
Luke 6:48 “He is like a man who built a house and dug deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and a flood occurring, the stream burst against that house and could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock”.
It is the revelation of who Jesus is:
1John 1:3 – That which we have seen and heard (of Him and from Him), declare we to you (For this end). That ye also may have fellowship with us (may enjoy the same fellowship which we enjoy). And truly our fellowship (whereby He is in us and we in Him) is with the Father and with the Son.
The relationship with Jesus is central in our Fathers House, for concerning our Father and our relationship with Him, Jesus said that no man can come to the Father except through Him (Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God)
If then, the bedrock being the revelation of Christ as the Son of the living God, then the building starts with the desire to know Jesus Christ. This knowledge comes through a personal confrontation. When Jesus asked the disciples who the people say that He is, there were no responsibility connected to their answer, for they only related what people said. It is when Jesus turned His eyes on Peter and asked him (Peter) who do you say I am?, that he was confronted with the question; he himself now became responsible for his own answer. However in answering Jesus explained that it is on this revelation that he received not through flesh but by His Father in Heaven that He will build His Church. Likewise Saul first had to be confronted with the knowledge of who Jesus is, before he could become Paul. On his way to persecute the Christians he was confronted with the truth of whom Jesus is and his only answer was that of an obedient servant, “Lord what do You want me to do”. As Jesus explained that if you hear His Words and do accordingly; then you are building on Him the bedrock.
If we haven’t found the bedrock, (assurance of who Jesus is) the laying down of the foundation will have no effect, for if the foundation is not laid upon the bedrock, with the confident assurance that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, you will not be able to stand against any accusation, critic or false teaching. You will have no confident assurance in the foundation (Word of God) as being sufficient to uphold the building.
1Ti 3:15-16 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of truth. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
In summary of the above , we must conclude that the building we are seeking, our Father’s House, is built upon a relationship with Jesus Christ as the Son of the Living God and through Him with our Father in heaven.
Mat 16:15-18 He said to them, But who do you say I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.
The rock then, upon which the foundation is laid, is the sure substance, and the rock is Christ Jesus the anointed Messiah.
1Co 10:4 “and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ”.
For in Him and through Him we have a hope based on the evidence in the Gospel, of the things not seen. For our whole faith is based upon the revelation that Jesus is the Son of the living God.
When Peter called out to Jesus to call him so that he can walk on the water, he put his faith not in what he saw, but what he believed to be true concerning Jesus, what he hoped for. (that, if it was Jesus walking on the water, Jesus would be able to uphold him, Peter, to walk on the water). That was the substance on which Peter based his faith; he placed his hope in what he believed Jesus is capable of doing. The evidence is the fact that he got out of the boat when Jesus called him, the evidence is not the walking on the water – that is what he hoped for – based upon his belief in what Jesus can do. The evidence is that he put into action that what he believed Jesus could do. This is not out of the flesh, but it comes from the revelation of who Jesus is, the Son of the living God.
The substance or support comes from the knowledge of who Jesus is and what He can do.
Mark 6:52 “For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened”.
We read that the disciples did not put together what happened, they did not allow themselves to become wise as they did not think/considered what Jesus did, or their hearts were harden. In doing that what God called us to do as Jesus called on the disciples to feed the multitude, we should not consider our own inability; we should rather consider His ability.
Isa 55:11 “so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall certainly do what I sent it to do”.
Before we can consider the Word of God, we need to be confronted with the question of who He is that said:” that My Word will do as I please.” Jesus is the Word of God and the writer of Hebrews challenges us to look upon Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith…
Irrespective of denomination or ministry or fellowship, if we agree upon the revelation that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, the substance upon which we build our faith, there can be participating fellowship. For then we do not trust in our own understanding or our own inability, but we take hands as we declare to one another that we trust in Him.