If salvation is found in the Kingdom of our God, then the foundation upon which we must build is Christ. The preparation for that foundational stone is the words of Christ, written upon our hearts. Those who build upon that foundation, whose words are written in their hearts, will have obtained the fear of God, …which produces peace, assurance, and confidence amidst the worst conditions.
The Rock: Christ is the foundation upon which the Kingdom of God must be built. This is literal, and not figurative. In other words, if you have not that rock (Christ), than the Kingdom of God is not yours. When you have obtained this rock, then can you begin to build the Kingdom of God. This principle is foundational, but often overlooked, because of its uncommonness at the point of apostasy we currently find ourselves. It is no more, no less than the presence of Christ in the flesh, to you.
Prep Work: Before laying the foundation stone, the ground must be prepared to receive it. If the ground is not properly prepared, the foundation stone will not be properly seated, and building upon it is certain to be disastrous. However, when the ground has been prepped, the stone will become unshaken and immovable.
Studying the words of Christ is the preparation of the ground to receive the foundational stone (Christ). Knowing the scriptures is only the preparation, it is not salvation. Properly preparing the ground = writing the words of Christ upon the heart.
2 Corinthians 3:3
“3. Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.“
The condition of the ground (or soil) seems always to be the condition of the hearts of men. The indicator of the quality of the soil has always been connected to how well the soil takes to the seed, which is likened unto the word. As the seed is received well, it grows into a tree that produces the sweetest and whitest of all fruit (Christ). It’s the condition of the soil (or the heart) that is in question, …not the goodness of the seed.
Godly Fear: Godly fear seems to go misunderstood. Elder Bednar spoke on this topic this weekend. He said, “Worldly fear produces alarm and anxiety, but Godly fear produces peace, assurance, and confidence, amidst the worst conditions.” Godly fear comes from the knowledge of Christ, and the willingness to submit our will to His. Those who fear God seek to understand his heart and mind, in all matters. Those who fear man (or the world) seek to understand the workings of man, to align with the hearts and minds of men.
“16. They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.”
The man who leads his life in Godly fear is promised “…peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.” (D&C 59:23) To have Godly fear means to know God, to know of His judgement, and to know of His mercies.
Conclusion: Prepare your hearts by receiving the words of Christ. Begin now to learn of Christ and develop Godly fear. Seek the rock of our salvation to be foundational in you. Seek Christ’s face, and find peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.