THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
Clear and Clarify the Foundation
November 16, 2009
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a
foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds
upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus
Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:10-11 NASB)
The very first issue of The Upward Call was written in 1998, and it was on the one foundation. When I
recommenced writing this periodical in 2007, I again began with this subject (#01-0701, September 7,
2007, No Other Foundation But Christ ).
As I have written before, in constructing any type of building, the most important part of the structure
is the foundation because the whole weight of the building must rest on it. The foundation is everything.
If the foundation is not built properly, then the building will not withstand the many forces of nature
that might come against it, such as wind, rain, temperature extremes, or violent shaking of the ground
due to earthquakes. The type of soil or rock the foundation is set in, the depth of the foundation, and the
material used to construct the foundation determine its strength and the fate of the building.
Foundations that are built in sand, are not dug very deep, or are constructed of inferior materials are
most vulnerable to all the stresses placed on them. If the foundation is faulty, then the building will not
stand. Ultimately, if not built properly and not made of the right material, the whole building will
collapse if the forces of nature shake or stress it sufficiently.
We are living in days of shaking, and every created thing that can be shaken will be shaken so that the
things which cannot be shaken may remain. Why? We receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken and
that kingdom is the Stone Kingdom that is built on the Rock (Daniel 2:35; Hebrews 12:26-28).
There is only one foundation that can and will withstand the shaking; it is none other than our Lord
Jesus. God’s foundation is Christ, and all that is built upon Him shall remain. If it is not built upon Him
and is not built of His character, then it will crumble and in the last day it will come short of the glory of
God. There is only one true foundation, and we need to be built upon Him alone, and with His life.
In fact, He is more than just the foundation. Christ is the whole building. It is Christ all in all. He is the
foundation, the cornerstone, the top stone, and all the materials of God’s great building project called
New Jerusalem . Christ is the One who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:23). We must be clear that anything
built upon a foundation other than the foundation of Christ will crumble in the day of judgment.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be
compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and
the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall,
for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and
does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that
house; and it fell, and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NASB)
These words were spoken after the Lord had said that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” will enter
the kingdom of the heavens, but only those who do the will of God the Father who is in heaven. If we are
not doing according to the will of the Father, then we are building on sand and in that day we will have
regret. All who believe on the Lord Jesus have the promise of immortality one day, but not all on the
same day, as a free gift by grace; but entering into the kingdom in the next eon, that is, receiving eonian
life, is based on obedience to God’s will. It is a matter of reward. See issue #03-0915, February 23,
2009, The Kingdom: The Realm of the Will of God .
As I listen to what is coming forth from the pulpits and the multiple forms of Christian media today, I
get this groan within me. I feel that there is a great divide between what God is doing and what His
people are doing. There is what I call “a disconnect,” and the church, especially its leadership, is lost in a
sea of confusion that is built upon and encouraged by the flesh of men. The church is Laodicean in
character as she has been seduced by the harlot called Mystery Babylon . Let us not forget that the
meaning of the word Babel or Babylon is confusion. In respect to Mystery Babylon, the voices of heaven
command: “Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:4).
Is not the church of our day in confusion? The church-at-large is so divided over so many things,
teaching so many things, emphasizing so many things, and building so many things that, if it were all
put together, it would leave our heads spinning in a vortex with no way out. Add to this the traditions of
men, and the situation becomes even more distressed. The Lord Jesus stood against the precepts of
men (Mark 7:6-9). They are a mighty powerful force that keeps the Lord’s people from pressing on
toward the goal and being readied for Tabernacles. Many are looking either to die and go to heaven or
to escape this earth in the so-called “rapture” and leave the rest of mankind to rot in man’s hell. See
article #17, January 2009, Snatched Away [The Rapture] .
What is the answer to babel ?
First, we need to clear the foundation .
When the remnant of Israel was called out of Babylonian captivity, they returned to Jerusalem that was
in ruin. The temple had been destroyed and was left a pile of rubble. Under the leadership of
Zerubbabel, the remnant was called to rebuild the temple, the house of God. But before they could start
the work, they had to clear away all the waste material. Why? Because underneath all the ruin lay the
place of the original foundation. They had to remove all that was hindering their view so that they could
start the work of restoring the foundation and rebuilding the house of God.
We must do the same if we are to be about our God’s business. God has laid the foundation. It is not in
need of repair, but we must dig down to be built upon it. We must sweep aside all our ambition, our
name, our title, our position, our energy, our desires, our natural ability, our resources, our ingenuity,
our purpose, plans, and strategies, and, most of all, our traditions, and anything else that is of our old
fallen nature and not of God. It is time to sweep it all clean and see our Lord!
Second, we need to clarify the foundation .
Clarify means “to be free of confusion,” “to become clear,” or “to have clarity.” In other words, we need
to be abundantly sure that all we do, both collectively and individually, is based on the foundation of
Christ. By this, I mean we need to be sure that we are doing the will of God and that what we are doing
is according to the character of Christ, expressed by the fruit of the spirit and substantiated by the word
of God. Is it of Christ, or is it of man? Are we building with gold (divine love), silver (righteousness), and
precious stone (fruit of the spirit), or are we building with wood, hay, and straw (i.e., the materials and
character of the flesh) (1 Corinthians 3:12)? Are we resting in the Lord, waiting on the Father, seeking to
know what He is doing, and then responding only as His spirit leads?
To clarify the foundation, we need vision, something that seems to be so lacking in our day. Oh, the
Lord’s people talk a lot about vision and strategy and act out of these things, but are they of the Lord or
of their own doing? Where there is no vision, that is, spiritual, heavenly vision, the people perish.
Without vision, we will be swept off the foundation of Christ and onto a faulty foundation. What is
vision? It is seeing something with the eyes of our heart. It is spiritual sight based on God’s word as
revealed by the spirit of truth. Paul prayed for the Ephesians that the eyes of their heart would be en-
lightened (Ephesians 1:18). If there is cloudiness in our vision, then we must fervently seek the Lord to
open our spiritual eyes to see more clearly and to give us clarity. As David said: “ Thy face, O LORD, I
shall seek” (Psalm 27:8). To the Laodicean church, the spirit of God says to buy eyesalve to anoint
your eyes, that you may see (Revelation 3:18). We need to buy while it is still today.
Let us be clear that we are not living in the ruins of wood, hay, and straw. Let us clear and clarify the
foundation. Let us set our lives on the firm foundation of Christ and build our lives upon His character.
The Upward Call: #03-0983
by: Stuart H. Pouliot