A Solid Foundation
(25 Pack)

by Robert Surgenor

The importance of a solid foundation to the Empire State Building is compared with our need to build on a solid foundation for eternity.


IT WAS a great engineering challenge, but Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Architects believed it could be done. In March of 1930, machinery was put into motion on two acres of land at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in New York City, and the ground was broken. For months, powerful shovels dug deep until bed rock was reached 55 feet below. Upon this solid foundation, 365,000 tons of material was used to form one of the greatest man-made structures this world has ever seen. Still towering 1250 feet above Fifth Avenue, the 102-story Empire State Building stands firm, as a tribute to engineering skill - all because of a solid foundation. Now I'm sure none of us claim to be great builders like those who erected this building, but it may interest you to know that the Lord Jesus speaks of two builders - one wise and the other foolish. He applies the builders to those who are true Christians, and those who profess to be, but are not.

The Wise Man

The wise man "built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock" (Luke 6v48).

In view of the coming storm, he built accordingly, and his house "fell not." The secret was, he started with a solid foundation. The "wise man" speaks of born again believers who have laid "the foundation of repentance from dead works" on solid Rock (Hebrews 6v1)! Now who is this Rock? Scripture answers! "Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect" (Deuteronomy 32v4). Christ revealed Himself as the Rock, saying,
"Upon this Rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16v18)
The apostle Peter affirms our Lord's words and quotes the prophet (Isaiah 28v16), who spoke this prophecy 725 years before Christ came into the world, "Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded." ( I Peter 2v6)
At Calvary, the vast foundation of redemption, justification and salvation was laid, through the shed blood and death of the Lord Jesus. All who come to Him, are immediately placed by God on that Solid Foundation. They are safe and secure from coming judgment. NOTHING can separate them from the love of God (Romans 8v35-39). NOTHING can pluck them out of the Father's hand (John 10v28,29). Christ is their Rock and the gates of hell shall never prevail against them. They can sing with confidence:
"On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand."
The Foolish Man
In contrast, the foolish man "built an house upon the earth (sand); against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great" (Luke 6v49). Perhaps he worked as hard as the wise builder, and put in good material, but one thing was lacking - there was no foundation!
Many today are building for eternity without a foundation. They are putting excellent material into their lives (the house) such as good works, church participation, baptism, reformation, penance, tithing and prayers. However, they have never been convicted of their sins, nor brought to Christ for salvation. They are decent, moral, and respectable, and grown up into their religion; but have never been "born again" (John 3v3). Sad is their case indeed, for unless they get to Christ, they shall in no wise enter heaven. At death, when the stream of God's wrath beats vehemently against their house, it will fall. All their hopes of heaven will crumble, their good works will fail to support them in the flood, and they shall launch away into a dark eternity - forever lost!
The Lord reveals how each builder can be recognized. Those on the Rock hear and DO the sayings of Christ. Their whole life is characterized by obedience to the Word of God. They read it daily, and bow to its claims. Jesus said, "If a man love Me, he WILL keep My words" (John 14v23).
Those without a foundation, hear and DO NOT (Luke 6v49). They claim to be Christians, but consider some portions of the Bible too old-fashioned or extreme, so they make allowances. Rarely do they read it, for they prefer worldly entertainment.
Friend, do you have a solid foundation, or a house on the sand? Remember, "other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 3v11). Nothing less than Christ will do! Accept Him today, then you'll be able to say like the psalmist, "He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defence; I shall not be moved" (Psalm 62v6).
"My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand."


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