John Bevere makes a good point about foundations in his book Good or God?
As we build a family home or even look at other people’s homes go up, how excited are we about the construction of a home’s foundation?
We are not. Mostly it begins with footing which looks like concrete poured in a hole in the ground and then plain concrete blocks on top of the footing.
My wife and I have watched thousands of episodes of home renovation on HGTV and when there are foundation problems, it is usually a downer. People don’t want to think about what is going on underneath a house. People get excited when the drywall goes in, the kitchen counters and cabinets are installed, and the walls are painted.
The foundation…not too exciting.
But what would a house be without a strong foundation?
A crumbling mess…
Bevere thinks the same about our foundation as Christians, so he lays it all out for us. He references scripture from Romans that says “No one is righteous—not even one…No one does good, not a single one” [from Romans: 3:10-12].
Who is he writing about, this “one” who is incapable of doing good?
He is talking about you and me: we are slaves to sin.
How could this be?
It all goes back to Adam and Eve. When they disobeyed God, they died to God. They did not die in their physical bodies but their spirit nature died. The bad thing about this for you and me is Adam and Eve’s descendants would all be born with their penchant to sinning. The first evidence of this is Adam’s son who was just like him in “spirit and image.”
Don’t get Pastor Bevere wrong, man and woman are capable of doing good but they are also mightily tempted all the time by a new force, the “king of disobedience” i.e. Satan. When Jesus encountered Satan after His baptism, during His forty days of fasting, Satan tempted Jesus by saying he had the authority to give the world to Jesus. Satan was able to say this because this authority was given to him in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned.
Consequently, God could not come to the world to rescue man because earth had been given to humans. God had to come and rescue man in the form of a man—Jesus Christ. He was born of woman so He was 100 percent man and He was conceived by God making Him 100 percent God.
In other words, Jesus was free of the penchant to sin that all of men are burdened with; He was not a slave to sin. He lived a perfect life on earth. He never committed one disobedient act while He was on earth. He came to rescue us from sin by taking the judgement of every sinful man and woman when He died on the cross. He lived a perfect life before God and after three days He was raised from the dead, sitting at the right hand of God almighty.
He is our Savior but Bevere points out that even more than that, He is our Lord. “The word Savior is found 36 times in the Bible. The word Lord occurs over 7,800 times” [Bevere, 46].
Why is this distinction so important? “Lord declares the position He holds in our life, whereas Savior describes the work He’s done for us. We cannot partake of the benefit of His work unless we come under His position as Lord and King” [Bevere, 46].
We have hope.
We can choose to accept Jesus as our Lord. When we do, our sin nature passes away and a brand new person is born. Don’t be confused, the spirit is what is born anew; our physical bodies are still corrupt and will continue to be corrupt until the day we die. This new life comes entirely through the gift of God’s grace and is not associated with our good behavior or our good works. We can’t be good enough or do enough good things to merit this new spirit.
So think of the acceptance of Jesus as our foundation but let’s not react to this like people on HGTV who are dealing with foundations.
Because this foundation is truly exciting. This is the most exciting thing that will ever happen to you in your life.
Watching a foundation being constructed for a new home?
Not too exciting.
Asking Jesus to come into your life.
Well, words cannot describe the feeling…