Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. Ephesians 2:19-20
According to Merriam Webster “Point of Reference” is a fixed point, or a place or thing, that is used to judge or understand something.
Wikipedia describes a cornerstone (foundation stone or setting stone) as the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. It is important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.
The body of Christ, the church, is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Nothing new can be added to the word of God. On the day of Pentecost the church was “set in stone” and from there we each have a specific place, a special stone designed in the image of the first one. The solid rock, the word of God (John 1:1) is the rock that Jesus builds the church on. (Matthew 16:18)
At many points in life we are faced with choices, and we have freewill to decide. But God gives us a solid set of guidelines to live by. He does not change nor does His word. The same point of reference that He uses to judge with, He gives us to live by. A teacher doesn’t give us information to study for a test to cause us to fail, it is there to help us succeed. But having the word alone, and no teacher to guide us or help us understand it, will cause most of us to fail. God gives us a pretty good cheat sheet to go by so that we might pass and not fail, but we need Jesus to help keep us on track. The holy spirit is our teacher, our helper, and our guide which gives us wisdom and understanding of the word of God. (John 14:26)
A lawyer uses a point of reference when conducting his questioning and procedures in court – The Law (given by man) In the Old Testament the people used the Mosaic law to conduct their lives. Moses was given this set of laws from God to guide the people. Yet on more than one occasion they failed. Its in our nature and our sinful flesh to try and break rules. If you see a sign to not touch something, the first thing you want to do is touch it. Curiosity killed the cat. But if you have someone in the background reiterating why you should do this, and helping you to understand the consequence, you might be less likely to break that rule.
If you read further into the New Testament we find that like today, the Law by itself isn’t fool proof. It is changeable in our own hands, things are added and taken away. (Deuteronomy 12:32) Innocent people are tortured and put away for crimes they do not commit because it is a faulty system in the hands of man. Without a righteous person behind it, we seek for selfish outcomes, not what the word of God intended. The mosaic law was not created to help us succeed, it was created to show us that on our own we could not live a set of rules. We are not righteous in our own might. Faith is needed to activate the law. The law is still important, and God wants us to live by it, but God gives us grace to do so. Forgiveness for when we fail. Failure (the f word) is the best teacher there is. The law made us conscious of sin, grace helps us overcome.
Jesus came to do what the law could not. God does not change (Numbers 23:19) nor does His word. Our point of reference is Jesus.
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh. Romans 8:3
The song “So Will I” by Hillsong, speaks about how nature and science follow the sound of His voice. The lyrics read: With no point of reference he spoke to the dark and fleshed out the wonder of light. God has no point of reference, because He IS the point of reference for all things.
The main point is that as the Body of Christ if we all work together for a common goal, and are of the same point of reference – Jesus, we can be over-comers. He is the chief cornerstone that holds everything together. We will surely be successful in our efforts and in our lives if we keep our eyes on Him! (Hebrews 12:2) God Bless!