[quote="Nita, post:18, topic:316735"]
"Foundation" is used to express 2 things in Scripture -- the foundation of our faith (what we believe) and the foundation of a visible Church (to proclaim that faith)
- Foundation of our faith:
Jesus is the foundation of our faith -- who/what we preach, who we believe in, the one who is our Savior:
1 Cor 3:10-11 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, whichis Jesus Christ.
2: Foundation of Jesus' Church:
And because we believe in Him and accept the truth of His words, we believe He established a visible Church which would have a visible head and chief pastor (as a visible foundation) to preach that faith.
Mt. 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,... (The keys were given to a person - not to something he said.)
John 21:15 ... Jesus said to Simon Peter, ...... "Feed my lambs."
John 21:16 A second time he said to him, ...... "Tend my sheep."
John 21:17 He said to him the third time, ..... "Feed my sheep.
You might see it as two foundations but scripture has always from Gen:1:1 to the last verse in Revelations, that there is only one foundation to all things made, the Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just what is it that you think the Kingdom of Heaven is? And just what is the foundation of the Kingdom of Heaven? Didn’t the Lord Jesus say:
Lk:17:20: And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
And since the Kingdom of Heaven is within those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ,(Rom:8:9) then what is the church but those who have the Kingdom of Heaven within them. Hence again these arguments seem to be based on the fact that Jesus ascended, but to where did He ascend? Isn’t it the Kingdom of Heaven, at the Right Hand of the Father? If God’s Holy Spirit is God’s Presence then where is God? And if He dwell within you:
1Cor:3:16: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Then the Kingdom of Heaven is within you.
As you’ve posted, there is only one foundation that Paul speaks of, of which a builder may build on that is acceptable to God. Peter like many after him, was a builder who built on the correct foundation which is Jesus Christ, he didn’t build it on himself, otherwise the church would be erroneous and wouldn’t of lasted much longer then his life here. The keys where given Peter in order to do the job given him by the Lord which is to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ, which is Peter's exsample to us all.
Rom:8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.