The Foundation for participating fellowship
When through the confrontation and consideration we have found the Rock, and assured ourselves of the perfectness of the Rock, which is Jesus, we can start laying the foundation. We lay the foundation upon the assurance that the Rock is able to carry the weight of the foundation and the building upon it. Before we read the Word of God, or call upon the promises of God, we must be assured that every promise is yes and amen in Christ Jesus.
2Co 1:20 for all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by us.
In acknowledging that when we say amen we affirm that the word spoken is a trustworthy Word, a Word that will surely come to pass, because we are assured upon Who the Word is build, acknowledging the ability of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring it in fulfilment, therefore we must be assured of Him and His ability in order to lay the foundation.
We must know beyond the shadow of doubt that we have within us all the resources of the One who upholds the universe and that no amount of effort can produce the fruit of the spirit, it is a result of growing closer to God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. You need a relationship with the Giver of joy not the concept of joy. The concept is an idea that is dead but a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is a living joyful experience.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Now that we agree that we can have participating fellowship, we can once again look at God’s plan when He said ““Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my House of Prayer”. When Jesus went into the temple,
Mat 21:13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
Jesus’s anger was not directed at the structure of the temple but more at the misuse of the temple, this is confirmed when
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
He said “break it down and I will rebuild it in 3 days”- referring to His own Body, but we are His body with the same proposed use as the temple, a House of Prayer as a dwelling place for God.
But with our Father’s House as with every other house, the building process starts at the bottom, we build from the bottom upwards. In knowing that, we must also understand that every aspect or every phase within the structure is as important as the next, for if you fail to attend to the foundation, and you focus only on the roof, it might be that you have a strong and impressive roof but when the storm comes it will not stand. Although it consist of only 30% off the entire building, the ingredients for the foundation, , is of utmost importance. In searching the Bible we find the following concerning the ingredients within the foundation.
Jesus is the ONLY foundation.
Co 3:11-15 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw– each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Heb 6:1-2 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
The foundation is built on teachings of the apostles, the prophets and Jesus Christ being the cornerstone:
Eph 2:20-22 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit
Apart from determining the ingredients for the foundation, we also need a plumb line by which to measure the foundation to ensure that it is laid in such a way that you can build upon it.
6.1 Jesus is the Foundation.
In acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God and our Salvation, the foundation is the beginning, the way to redemption. At the foundation the sin of the flesh is forgiven and we are redeemed through Jesus as sons and daughters of the living God. (Arrarat – reverse of the curse)
Hebrews 6:17-20 In this way Elohim, resolving to show even more clearly to the heirs of promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, confirmed it by an oath so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy/Set-apart place by the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain/veil, that is, through his flesh,
Jesus is the Way as He stated in John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus said, in John 10:9 “I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture” and in John 10:16 “…. they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
This is the first and foremost ingredient within the foundation of our Father’s House, that Jesus is the way by which we can come to the Father, there is no other way, for it is through the blood of Jesus that we may enter into the Father’s presence. If you are looking for the Father’s House, this is the first principle you must find, if it is not there, you are not in the Father’s House, for no man can enter but by Jesus.
6.2 First principal of the doctrine of Christ is repentance
Mark 1:15 “and saying “The time has been filled, and the reign of Elohim has come near. Repent, and believe in the Good News”. In acknowledging that Jesus is the primary ingredient within the foundation, repentance (to change your mind, amend your ways) is a ingredient required to enable the believer to receive his/her inheritance through Jesus Christ. If we cannot repent from our old ways, we cannot receive our inheritance.
Hebrews 12:17 “for you know that afterward, when he wished to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it with tears”. Jesus came so that we could receive forgiveness to enable us to inherit, but without us repenting from our ways there can be neither forgiveness nor any inheritance.
6.3 First principal of the doctrine of Christ is faith (believing) in God through Jesus
John 16:27 “for the Father Himself does love you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from Elohim.”
What Jesus is saying, is that if indeed we do believe, when we pray the prayer of faith, our Father will not deny us, for He always hear His Son. If He did not spare Jesus in suffering and death, He will not refuse to give us what Jesus died for. (Romans 8:32) When we pray in the name of Jesus the Son of the living God and in His authority the Father will always hear and answer, for this is what the Father told Jesus Christ to tell to His disciples.
Another ingredient we can find in the foundation within our Fathers House is the principal of faith in God through Jesus Christ, and the confession of your faith.
Rom 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth the Master Jesus and believe in your heart that Elohim has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, and so is saved.”
6.4 First principal of the doctrine of Christ is Baptism (immersion)
Acts 8:36-37 “…”Look water! What hinders me from being immersed?” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, it is permitted”. And he answering, said, “I believe that Jesus Messiah is the Son of Elohim.”” The next ingredient we found in the foundation of our Fathers House is being immersed in water after confession of faith in Jesus being the Son of Elohim. So that through the immersion we partake in that what we believe, that Jesus died and rose again.
Apostle Peter explained the reason for being immersed in 1 Peter 3:21 “.. Immersion – not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards Elohim through the resurrection of Jesus Messiah.” Within the foundation of our Fathers House there is also the promised immersion of the Spirit of God. Jesus said unto His disciples Luke 24:49 “And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you : but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” and again the Bible said in Rom 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim.”
As the immersion with water give us a clear conscience before Elohim, so the immersion in the Spirit of Elohim is the seal of our inheritance as children of Elohim.
6.5 First principal of the doctrine of Christ is Laying on of hands
The principle of the laying of hands, is based and founded in the act of impartation, impartation through the Spirit of God to heal, to give gifts of the Spirit to commission. As it is said in the Word of Elohim Mark16:17-18 “In My name (Jesus)… they will lay hands on the sick, and they shall get well” and Act 8:17 “Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (Set-apart Spirit).”
1 Timothy 4:14 “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of hands of the elder-hood” and Act 13:3 “Then having fasted and prayed, and having laid hands on them, they sent them away.”
6.6 First principal of the doctrine of Christ is the resurrection of the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 “See, I speak a secret to you: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible has to put on incorruption, and the mortal to put on immortality. Daniel 12:2 “and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth wake up, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches, everlasting abhorrence.” This is our hope as apostle Paul said in addressing the council in Act 23:6 “… I am being judged concerning the expectation and resurrection of the dead”
Jesus also gave us the assurance in John 8:51 “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone guards My Word he shall never see death at all” If we do not believe in the resurrection of the dead then the promise according to Rev 22:12 will have no effect “And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.”
6.7 First principal of the doctrine of Christ is eternal judgment.
Rev 22:12 “And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.” The mentioned scripture is one of the principles of divine judgement and is repeated in various scripture but emphasized in 1 Peter 1:17 “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear”
There is a process, a beginning and an end, the foundation is laid with the reward in mind but we must remember that there is still a process to be completed in order to obtain the price. In referring to the house, the price being a house complete. Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not count myself to have laid hold of it yet, but only this: forgetting what is behind and reaching out for what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah Jesus.” and 1 Corinthians 3:13-14 “each one’s work shall be revealed, for the day shall show it up, because it is revealed by fire. And the fire shall prove the work of each one, what sort it is. If anyone’s work remains, which he has built on, he shall receive a reward.”
The believers will be judged concerning their doctrine, their conduct towards other, carnal traits, words spoken, things that affects others, things that affects self and things that affects Elohim.
6.8 Jesus being the chief cornerstone is the measure by which to measure
Not only is Jesus the foundation but He is also central in the teachings of the apostles and the prophets, making Him also the chief cornerstone upon which we build. Meaning that when we build, we build not looking through any veil (classes) for the Word of Elohim says in 2 Corinthian 3:16 “And when one turns to the Master, the veil is taken away.”
For us the meaning of the above mentioned is crucial and fundamental in Building Fathers House, for as long as we look through a veil we cannot see, nor understand the Word of Elohim.
Jesus said in John 17:17 “Set them apart in Your truth, Your Word is the truth.” The Word is the truth, as Jesus said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is said in John 1 that Jesus is the Word of God, so if we want to see the truth we need to look at Jesus, the Word of God. Don’t look at your brother, if you want to enter into the building proses, where the truth sets us free, do not look at your church, look at Jesus.
When Peter asked Jesus about the apostle John, Jesus said in John 21:22 “”Jesus said to him, “if I wish him to remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.””