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the importance of faith

Often unseen, foundations are essential. Just as the foundation of a building determines its shape and stability so, too, the bedrock attitudes we hold will form our lives. Shaky or stable, uncertain or strong, the cornerstone of faith will determine whether or not we live a fulfilled life because it impacts each of the other foundational mindsets.

Our faith is grounded in the person of Jesus; He is our cornerstone. Some might assume we hold to a Christian faith. This is true only in the sense that we are followers of Jesus. However, we do not want to be defined by centuries old doctrines and/or traditions of man. 

Regardless of your faith choice, Firm Foundation’s twelve key mindsets will help you build a more fulfilling life. Put your faith to the test and evaluate its strength. Whatever you believe, will your faith stand up against the difficulties and hardships of life? Far better to contend for the faith when life’s skies are blue than for faith to fail in the midst of an unexpected storm.

The various doctrines held by people around the world reveal different mental pictures and impressions about who Jesus is. Christians should consider whether their doctrines define Jesus, or the person of Jesus informs their faith. The more we know Jesus, the greater our understanding of the faith He established. This is the first faith revealed at creation that God continued to unfold until ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.

In architecture a physical cornerstone has six faces visible from different perspectives. In the same way, knowing Jesus as the cornerstone we understand how He also has six faces to reveal His identity. These various faces do not imply Jesus is two-faced and cannot be known. Instead, with each face we can gain insight into the wonder of who Jesus is.

The analogy of a cornerstone is limited by its six sides. We in no way want to limit Jesus' identity. Jesus makes Himself known as God, and God is infinite. The finite mind of man can never fully grasp the greatness of the LORD. The six faces of the cornerstone are only intended to only help us know Jesus and His identity more fully.

We want Jesus, the cornerstone, to shape us and our faith.

When we look upon the six faces of the cornerstone of our faith, we see Jesus as:

  • 1 The Eternal God, Yahweh, the LORD and "I AM" who was, who is and is to come
  • 2 The Incarnate God-Man, born of a virgin, called Emmanuel, "God with us"
  • 3 The Prophet like Moses, who reveals God's Word as our Teacher with a demonstration of power as our Miracle Worker
  • 4 The Suffering Servant, who alone provides for our salvation
  • 5 The Resurrected LORD, who gives us life and ministers as our High Priest
  • 6 The Victorious King, who will come again to reign forever

The geometric faces of a cornerstone intersect at eight corners. In knowing Jesus, we understand how the faces of His identity intersect to reveal what He has done, is doing today, and will accomplish when He comes:

  • 1 As the eternal God, Jesus is one with God and was not created. Rather, Jesus is the creator who brought everything into existence by His powerful word. Creation is likewise sustained today by Him. Jesus created man, both male and female, in the image or likeness of God. In this way, Jesus intended for us to enjoy unbroken fellowship with God, but man’s sin broke this friendship and separated us from God.
  • 2 Through the incarnation Jesus put on human flesh as the visible image of the invisible God. Fully God and fully man, Jesus revealed the love, power, and majesty of God to us—filled with compassion He healed the sick and raised the dead. His purpose was to seek and save the lost in order to restore our relationship with God. Through His Holy Spirit He continues this work today so we might know Him.
  • 3 Jesus lived a sinless life fulfilling all righteousness. He was obedient to everything in the Law and the Prophets. Jesus did not come to abolish or make these scriptures null and void, but that in Him they would overflow with completeness. Through Jesus we know God and His expectations for how we are to live.
  • 4 As our teacher, Jesus came as the Prophet like Moses to teach us the correct interpretation of God’s Law (the Torah, literally instructions). He is the only way, the absolute truth, and the giver of life. By His word and example, we can follow in His footsteps to obey God’s word through the help of His Holy Spirit.
  • 5 Jesus offered Himself as the spotless Lamb of God for our sin upon the cross. He is the only acceptable sacrifice, freely made to provide for the atonement or covering of our sin. Not only does Jesus’ death make our forgiveness and reconciliation with God possible, but by His wounds we can also receive healing from sickness today.
  • 6 Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected to live forever by the power of the Holy Spirit. Death could not hold Him in the grave. As our High Priest Jesus presented the righteous dead to God in heaven to guarantee the resurrection to come. In Christ we receive eternal life because Jesus has canceled the power of sin and death. Our bodies may die, but He sets us free from the fear of death because absence from the body brings us into the loving presence of the LORD.
  • 7 After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. As our High Priest Jesus lives to make intercession for us because He is familiar with our weaknesses. Jesus also pours out His Holy Spirit into our lives to empower us to live a new life—we no longer live according to the desires of the flesh and lawlessness but live according to the Spirit. In this way, we are recipients of the New Covenant written upon our hearts by the Spirit—Jesus changes us from the inside out with both the desire and ability to obey God’s commandments.
  • 8 Jesus will return again as King of kings and LORD of lords to reign forever. At that time the dead will be raised to be judged by Jesus according to how they lived. Anyone’s name not found in the Book of Life will be sentenced to hell, the second death. The righteous will receive their reward with life eternal to live forever with the LORD. Jesus will wipe away every tear and make everything new where there will be no more sickness, death or sin.