Affirmations (4) – Christ the Sole Foundation of the Church

[Affirmations series: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4, Part 5, Part 6Part 7, and Conclusion.]

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~ Affirmations ~

 4. Christ the Sole Foundation of the Church

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I affirm that, according to the eternal purpose, the Father has chosen, tried, and laid one Foundation for the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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I affirm that this Foundation alone is God-given, God-tested, God-approved, God-laid, and God-upheld, and that all other foundations that are man-given, man-tested, man-approved, man-laid, and man-upheld are insufficient as foundations for the Church and its local expressions.

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I affirm that no other foundation has been, nor ever will be, as thoroughly tested, tried, and proven as this Foundation, Who has endured the unbridled torrents of Hell, the unrestrained tortures of men, and the undiminished wrath of God, and has come forth eternally tested, triumphant and transcendent.

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I affirm that no other foundation has been, nor ever will be, as formidable in size, substance and stability as this Foundation, Whose footings descend to the lowest depths of hell, Whose summit ascends to the highest heights of heaven, Whose edges extend to the farthest reaches of creation, and Whose duration spans from eternity to eternity.

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I affirm that this Foundation alone is eternal, incorruptible, unshakable, indomitable, unassailable, irreproachable, and incomparable as the sole foundation of the Church and cannot be supplemented, substituted for, or supplanted without the Church being corrupted and critically compromised thereby.

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I affirm that this Foundation alone fully and faithfully supplies to the Church the three-fold purpose of a “foundation”: establishment, unification, and definition, according to the heavenly pattern and eternal purpose of God for the Church.

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I affirm that all other, man-made, sectarian foundations, be they institutional, organizational, denominational, national, racial, theological, doctrinal, traditional, experiential, governmental,  personal, or the like, and no matter how well-meaning, reasonable, or seemingly needful they may appear, are insufficient to establish, unify and define the Church according to the heavenly pattern and eternal purpose of God for the Church, but inherently serve to undermine, divide and re-define the Church according to the earthly patterns and temporal purposes of man.

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I affirm that the heavenly, spiritual nature of the Church’s sole Foundation is a stumbling stone to the natural man and a primary reason why Jesus is today, and always has been, “the Stone the builders reject(ed)…”

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I affirm that although the Church at large has all but universally rejected the Lord Jesus Christ as the sole Foundation of the Church, and have supplemented, substituted for, and supplanted Him with man-made, sectarian foundations in order to establish, unify and define themselves, the Lord is raising up an overcoming remnant who will return to God’s heavenly pattern and eternal purpose and restore the Lord Jesus Christ, the Church’s one, true Foundation, back to His rightful place in these last days.

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I affirm that only as individual believers and corporate expressions of the Church reject all lesser, man-made, sectarian foundations, and return to the one true Foundation upon which they are rightly established, unified, and defined, will they be able to show forth the preeminence, greatness, all-sufficiency, and unity of Christ to all of creation, according to the eternal purpose of God.

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These truths I affirm!

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Continued…

Related:

Foundations of Restoration

Co-Laboring With God

About David Bolton

Following Him who is the Way; Learning of Him who is the Truth; Living in Him who is the Life. - John 14:6
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3 Responses to Affirmations (4) – Christ the Sole Foundation of the Church

  1. Lloyd Bowden says:

    Amen, David!

    Like

  2. Pingback: Rebels, Refugees, and a Returning Remnant by David Bolton | keskeny út – narrow way

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