And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
1. Faith makes us lean on Christ, as a building on a foundation. Our faith must not be a swimming conceit, but an assurance, making us stay on our God.
2. The Church is built on Christ. The firmness of the house is according to the sureness of the foundation. How impregnable, then, is the Church! (Matthew 16:19; Psalm 125:1).
(1) The standing of Christians is sure.
(2) How insecure is the condition of wicked men.
3. The gospel builds us on no other foundation than that which was laid by the prophets from the beginning. The first preaching differs from the last not in substance but degree; we believe through our Lord Jesus Christ to be saved, even as they. There never was but one way of salvation. The sun rising, and at noon, differ not in substance. Christ is the kernel of both Testaments; blossom and ripe fruit.
4. Whatever is to be believed, must have prophetic and apostolic authority.
(1) Be not deluded with traditions.
(2) Stand not too much on the authority of men.
(3) Praise God for the fulness of Scripture.
5. We must rely on Christ for a sure foundation to uphold us. As one would cling by a rock, so must we by Christ. Peter and others are builders: Christ alone is the foundation. Let there be no mistake as to this.
Parallel VersesKJV: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;