“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11/KJV).
You do not need to be highly religious or spiritual to believe that Jesus Christ is somehow fundamental to Christianity and to the Christian church. Christendom has been named after Jesus Christ.
Paul here is writing to a church that had been founded by him. Here he reminds the Corinthians of what he used to emphasise in those days:
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”(1 Corinthians 2:1-5/KJV).
Obviously Paul had been convinced that Jesus was the fulfilment of the hopes and expectations of the Jewish and Israelite fathers. In Jesus he had found the answer to great questions of his religious life.
Paul compares the Christian ministry to the work of a builder. He says he has laid the foundation of the Corinthian Christian fellowship. He says the foundation of the church at Corinth was Jesus Christ.
A foundation is meant to carry the whole building. It is to bear the walls, the ceilings and the roof on top of it.
At that time the Corinthian believers were disagreeing with each other on certain issues. You might speak of dissensions also.
- Whenever church life is something less than mere bliss it is good to focus again on the foundation which is Jesus Christ. In him you can find strength, wisdom and understanding to cope with church problems.
- If you should be going through difficulties or even afflictions, focus again on the fundamentals of your faith. As you gaze on Jesus you can gain confidence as to how the Lord would help and sustain you in your current circumstances.
- Are you occasionally struggling with doubts? Reread the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John! This may help you regain a sense of God’s love.