1 CORINTHIANS 3:11 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (July 17-24)

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The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:

“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).

God desires us to get on the one true foundation—the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All who are truly saved are standing on this foundation.

“Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed’” (Isaiah 28:16).

Once we are on that simple foundation, God wants us to build our knowledge and understanding of His ways in integrity (being whole, undivided in devotion, behavior, belief) through His Word. To do this, we must learn from His Holy Spirit, Who teaches us through God’s Word about God’s will and His Truth. Through this process, we root out the Cognitive Dissonance that has been sown into our minds and hearts by satan’s world.

But, Cognitive Dissonance can still prevent us from building anything structurally sound or lasting upon that foundation.

Think of some examples of cognitive dissonance in the Church: Salvation by grace, but also works of the law (Catholic Church, and the Galatians, would like to claim both); We are slaves of our master God, but also sons of our heavenly Father; Pastors will say, “We must have faith in God’s provision, but we need you to give us what money you have.” Where is the integrity in these things?

“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?” (Galatians 3:1-5)

When you read the Epistles, you can clearly see that Paul was often correcting Cognitive Dissonance in the churches.

Because of this Cognitive Dissonance, they were unable to build their understanding, knowledge, or wisdom on the foundation of truth because they believed conflicting ideas to be true at the same time. Their efforts are vain - like a man trying to put together a furniture kit with parts missing and wrong parts added in - he gets nowhere.

Paul uses the word "leaven" to describe this cognitive dissonance: “Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).

The Gospel is unleavened bread, but the Corinthians were adding leaven into it. And that little leaven destroys the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Leaven and unleavened bread are not compatible. Leaven makes unleavened bread unusable. It is no longer whole, it is mixed. And you will not have integrity.

So where does this leaven come from? Some is from our own misunderstanding of things, of course, but other times it is from people who have sown it into our hearts and minds. This was what had happened to the Church at Galatia:

“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7).

Here people were maliciously trying to sow confusion into the Church – probably by quoting Scriptures from the Old Testament. Bringing the Law into the Church. Cognitive dissonance is almost always sown in with truth.

People are mixing man’s “wisdom” with God’s wisdom. And if this is what you are using to build on the foundation of the Gospel, you create disorder and harm.

“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (James 3:13-17).

What you build on the Foundation of Christ really matters.

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

Hay and stubble are incompatible with precious stones. If you are mixing the two, you will produce nothing beautiful or useful, but something more akin to a head-scratching, modern art exhibit.

Similarly, if you don’t realize that works of the law are incompatible with faith, you are living out this fractured life in your behavior and you are teaching this leaven in the unleavened bread of the Gospel, sowing confusion in others. I see so much confusion and cognitive dissonance coming from Christians on Facebook. Everyone is confused about even the basics of the Gospel, because of other confused people and malicious people trying to manipulate Christians and prevent their works from doing any good.

Cognitive dissonance interrupts our growth like a jeweler trying to make jewelry. And they are using straw and diamonds. It will not produce anything of value and you will never achieve anything lasting.

We are supposed to grow on this foundation in our understanding and in good works for the glory of God.

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:19-22).

“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. 16 Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 17 Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? 19 What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?” (1 Corinthians 10:14-22)

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16a)

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light” (Ephesians 5:6-8).

Speaking of the rich: “Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you” (1 Timothy 6:18-21).

“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name” (Psalm 86:11).

May we be in God's Word with sincere hearts. May we pay attention to what we believe in integrity. May we recognize what has been sown into our hearts and minds by the devil - those seeds of confusion - thoughts and desires that prevent our growth in understanding of the knowledge of God.

Examine what you believe in the light of God’s Word by the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Is there leaven in you? Is there confusion?

“God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

 

Other verses to consider:

“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:1-2).

“When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation” (Proverbs 10:25).

“Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed’” (Isaiah 28:16).

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27).

“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:47-49).

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’” (Luke 14:27-30).

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:19-22).

“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you” (1 Timothy 6:18-21).

“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:1-2).

“From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skillful hands” (Psalm 78:71-72).

“I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, to You, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me” (Psalm 101:1-3).

Tags: heart, foundation, understanding, integrity, mind, wholeness, coherence, cognitive dissonance, cohesion

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