Wednesday, July 29, 2020

"Building on the Rock Eternal"

“Building on the Rock Eternal”

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”  Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.  But to those who do not believe, “the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”  They stumble because they disobey the message---which is also what they were destined for.       1 Peter 2: 6-8

The ROCK ETERNAL is the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Remember when Jesus asked Peter: “Who do YOU say I am?” And Peter’s reply was: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.”  Then Jesus, changed Peter’s name from Simon to Peter, and Jesus told Peter; “on this ROCK I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”  (Matthew 16:14-18).  This ROCK that Jesus was talking about was HIMSELF.  Peter had just proclaimed that JESUS was the MESSIAH, The SON of the LIVING GOD.  And JESUS, being the CHIEF CORNERSTONE of the CHRISTIAN FAITH, His CHURCH, would only go to reason that He is the ROCK ETERNAL, and upon THIS ROCK He will BUILD HIS CHURCH. And not only that, but the gates of hades, which meant His physical death would NOT PREVENT that process from being carried out.

NOW, that we have established the CHIEF CORNERSTONE and the ROCK ETERNAL, being the LORD JESUS CHRIST, let us look at those who will build upon that ROCK ETERNAL.  In Isaiah 26:3-4, Isaiah says:  You will keep in PERFECT peace those whose MINDS are STEADFAST, because they trust in You.  TRUST in the LORD forever, for the LORD, THE LORD Himself, is the ROCK ETERNAL.  Now I know this is referring to GOD as the ROCK ETERNAL, but JESUS is GOD in the FLESH.  And remember that JESUS is the CHIEF CORNERSTONE.

To the TRUE BELIEVER, that CORNERSTONE is PRECIOUS.  It is the STRENGTH and the STABILITY of the WHOLE BUILDING or the BODY of BELIEVERS.  The FAITH and TRUST of the TRUE BELIEVER can be in PERFECT PEACE when their MINDS are STEADFAST in their TRUST in the ROCK ETERNAL, who provides them with ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.

However, to those who are UNBELIEVERS, the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, causes them to STUMBLE and it is a ROCK that makes them fall.  They STUMBLE because of THEIR CHOICE to be DISOBEDIENT to the message of JESUS CHRIST, as REDEEMER and LORD.  They are DESTINED for JUDGMENT and an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING after they are there.  They were NOT DESTINED to be DISOBEDIENT and to REJECT JESUS CHRIST, as their SAVIOR and LORD, that was THEIR CHOICE. They were DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL. So, are you building on the SOLID ROCK ETERNAL?  If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, by coming to JESUS CHRIST for the SALVATION of your soul, then you are NOT BUILDING on the SOLID ROCK ETERNAL, and are DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL.  God wants you to be a part of His BUILDING program and to change your DESTINY from HELL to HEAVEN.  You can do that by: TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  And CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS DIED for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and start BUILDING on the ROCK ETERNAL.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!! 

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