The Pillar and Buttress of the Truth
1 Tim 3:15
Again there is no clear evidence that the rare word ἑδραίωμα ever means ‘ground’ = “foundation.” It is rather, in accordance with the almost universal Latin rendering firmamentum, a “stay” or “bulwark.”
Thus ἑδραίωμα (“mainstay”) is akin to a physical structure that protects from external forces or pressure; much like a sea wall protects from battering waves.
Remember that our Bible is a blood-stained book; the blood of martyrs is on the Bible, the blood of translators and confessors. The pool of holy baptism, in which many of you have been baptized, is a blood-stained pool: full many have had to die for the vindication of that baptism which is “the answer of a good conscience toward God.” The doctrines which we preach to you are doctrines that have been baptized in blood,—swords have been drawn to slay the confessors of them; and there is not a truth which his not been sealed by them at the stake, or the block, or far away on the lofty mountains, where they have been slain by hundreds. It is but a little duty we have to discharge compared with theirs