The sure foundation

Presented by: Pastor Tim on August 2, 2017.

Jesus Christ is the sure foundation of our lives, the cornerstone upon which we can remain stable and firm through life’s storms.

Isaiah 28:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.

Peter was the first of the disciples to declare that Jesus is the Messiah.

Matthew 16:13-20 New International Version (NIV)

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Peter had a hunger to hear directly from the mouth of God. This revelation of Jesus didn’t come by his senses. But it was a gift. And it was illuminated in his heart in response to his hunger. It was given to him because he was hungry for the things of God. He desired to know the knowledge of God. He desired a revelation from God about life, about everything that was going on.

Later this concept was explained in an epistle of John.

1 John 2:27 New International Version (NIV)

27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.