The same – Not the same

By: C.A. Teunis

 

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. 

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew 7:24-29  (NKJV)

 

Two houses
The same building, but two kinds of foundation.
If one walks past it, one cannot see: this one has a good foundation and that one is wrong.
One can only see the building. To be sure, cracks may occur, that suggest a bad foundation, but one can fill these and re-plaster everything.

 

Two church people
One cannot, at a glance, determine that the faith of the one is rooted and grounded in the love of Christ, and that the faith of the other has no foundation.
Only the actual building can be seen.
Only that what meets the eye, that what is visible, looks the same.

If the same storm comes for both of these, then the underground difference becomes visible.

The storm of setbacks comes and everyone who is not grounded on the Rock: Jesus Christ, begins to stagger.
If the setbacks continue to come, they will often fall away; they had laid the foundation of their salvation outside of Christ.

While those who have built on Jesus Christ then notice the solidity of their building.

 

A firm foundation
One day the great storm of God’s judgment will come.
Then it will certainly become known how your house now stands.
Whether it was only the beautiful visible building, or whether it also had a firm foundation.

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