THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:46-49
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
The Lord Jesus is teaching in the above verses. The one who comes to the Lord, hears His sayings, and does what He says is compared to a man who digs deep and builds his dwelling on a rock. Spiritually, digging deep calls the believer’s attention to the deep things of God, things hidden and above man's scrutiny. Listen carefully to the words of 1 Corinthians 2:9-11: "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." Psalm 42:7 states: "Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts:.." These Scriptures point to the spiritual relationship that develops as a result of coming to the Lord, hearing His sayings, and doing what He says. Most people think this process takes a long time; however, the submitted heart and renewed spirit know differently. It is for you to know the mysteries of the kingdom (Luke 8:10).
The one who does not come to, hear, and obey the saying of the Lord is like a man who builds on earth. This unbeliever pictures one who chooses the Adamic nature over Christ. Paul the Apostle sums it up in First Corinthians 15:45-50: " And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
The Rock is Christ Jesus Himself! First Corinthians 3:11 reads, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." He is in commands the flood and flow of the stream that beat vehemently. That is why believers are encouraged to be rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:7). Paul further encouraged us to be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). He understood the sure foundation that Christ Jesus is. He is the Rock that is higher!