Ephesians 2: The Foundation
Obviously, churches are more than physical buildings, but it is interesting that in the Ephesians 2, Paul uses the illustration of a building to describe the church and the people who make it up.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
The foundation was laid by the apostles and prophets. Those who have gone before us have been building a foundation that we are now able to build upon. Think about mathematics. If I want to do a particular problem, I do not need to do the formal proof to show that every theorum they used is valid. I don’t need to prove the Pythagorean theorem; I am able to use it because of the foundation that has been made.
I find our life in the church at the same way. If you think about someone like Thomas Aquinas, he developed his five ways. I am able to benefit from what he has done, and then I am able to build on it. It is great to have a foundation of thought in the church.
However, it is also important to remember that while we certainly do have this foundation from others who have gone before, Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone. He is the part that holds everything together. After all, with that Jesus Christ, what would Christians believe anyway? Therefore, while it is awesome that we have such a great intellectual tradition in the church and it is incredibly important, we can’t forget about our most important part. Jesus Christ is what the entire church is also upon.