"...having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,"
We are continuing to meditate on why we should read God's Word and hear it preached, by reflectingon exactly what God's Word is. So far we have seen that it is Inspired, that it is Truth, Inerrant, Pure andUpright, Everlasting, Authoritative, Special Revelation. This week we want to spend a few momentsthinking about the fact that it is complete.In our text, Paul writes to the Ephesians and gives them a very encouraging message. Together with theJews, the Gentiles now have access to God through Jesus Christ in the one Spirit, and are members of God's household. Then he tells them that they are built upon the foundation of the Apostles andProphets, with Jesus as the cornerstone. What is this foundation that the Church is built upon? It is thisinspired, infallible, and inerrant Word we have been looking at, that has been laid in its entirety! This iswonderful imagery, but it is full of interesting implications.If God's Word is foundational to the Church, it must be complete. No builder works on the second andthird story or even higher while his workers are still excavating, pile-driving and pouring concrete on thepart that will hold up the whole structure. If he did, the outcome would be inevitable. So we can beabsolutely sure that God finished laying the foundation for His Church long ago - it is not still beingadded to at this point in time.Scripture itself testifies to the fact that it is completed. The very final chapter of the last book God gaveus in the Bible (Revelation) contains some very strong warnings for anyone who might seek to add tothe foundation in the future.What does it mean to us today, though, that the Bible is complete? Why should this fact encourage usto read it more eagerly? First, we know that we have everything God intends for us to have asindividuals and as a church in this life in order to be able to live for Him. As He is a gracious andgenerous Father, we can therefore also be certain that we have everything we need for life andgodliness here. Second, we do not always need to have our minds clouded with doubt and uncertainty,which might be a danger if we thought God had held back some part of His Word and might reveal it atany moment. Third, with this understanding comes a tremendous peace and joy that we, together withall our brothers and sisters in the church, have a firm and unmovable foundation for our faith, which isno different than the one enjoyed from the early days of the church and no different than the one thatthe church will have up to the Day when Jesus returns. We possess the whole of God's self-revelation toman in this age, written down and very accessible to us. Finally, we can be sure that we won't live ourlives according to this Word, only to find that something additional comes along later that might haveprovided us better and fuller guidance. Not at all! We are being built upon the full foundation!Some in the church today seem to be thrilled at the idea that God has withheld some part of His Word