The Faith and the Foundation

Paul makes the statement that the only foundation is Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:11). The early Church was built upon faith in this foundation. This faith in the foundation was a set of beliefs that the early Church had and is referred to in the New Testament as "the faith."

Acts 6:7 says, "...a great company of the priests were obedient to "the faith." In Acts 14:22, Paul exhorted the believers to continue in the faith. In Acts 16:5, the churches were established in the faith. Paul said that he had received his calling as an apostle for obedience to the faith, and Jude exhorted the early Church to contend for the faith (Romans 1:5, Jude 3).

It becomes clear that early Church had a body of beliefs concerning who Jesus was and what it meant to believe in Jesus. We find such statements as, "..stand fast in the faith" (I Corinthians 16:13) or "Exmaine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith..." (II Corinthians 13:5). In the book of Galatians, Paul says that we're not justified by works, but by "the faith," which is in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16). Notice that Paul is not talking about "faith" in Jesus Christ, but "the faith" which is in Jesus Christ.

This faith which was once delivered to the saints is precious, and it is the revelation that Jesus is God manifest in the flesh in order to become our kinsman redeemer. As we celebrate this Christmas season, let us remember the foundatin and the faith which is in Jesus Christ