Building on anything other than God’s foundation will lead to disaster; the fall of the building, and the fall of a life as well (Matthew 7:21-27). The Church as an institution, neither the individual Christian life can survive without being founded and set sure upon the foundation of God. Hear the apostle Paul…
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:15-19 (KJV)
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God…” is the reading of the NKJV in the first part of 2 Timothy 2:15. Studying is one of the first ways of being diligent to show yourself approved unto God. Without knowledge of God’s Word, you cannot stand and defend the word of God against error. We must certainly continue in preaching, and teaching the Scriptures, lifting up Christ and His cross.
Paul uses a couple of men who must have been notorious for their twisting of Scripture, leading to ungodliness. It has been said, “It does make a difference what you believe”. What you believe will affect the way you live. Either to godliness or unto ungodliness. The apostle says that the teachings of Hymenaeus and Philetus were like a canker/cancer. Cancer works unseen and kills and destroys whatever it touches. So too does profane and vain babblings which are teachings of ungodliness. These men were even “…saying that the resurrection is past already” meaning the resurrection of the living and the dead; a possible reference to the rapture of the Church as being already past.
The foundation of God is where the child of God and the preacher of God will stand. God’s foundation is unmoveable, unstoppable, and unchanging. When all other foundations are shaking and trembling, God’s foundation stands true and strong. It begins by placing your faith in God’s gift of life through His Son Jesus Christ; the One who gave His life on the cross, was buried, and was raised to life and forever lives with the Father in glory.
Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.