The Cornerstone

In this universe God has only two works, the first, which was accomplished many millenia ago, is the work of creation. The second that He is actively carrying out today is of building. In God’s working, Christ is pivotal. For God’s work of creation Christ was the creator (Jn 1:3). For God’s building work, Christ is revealed in the scriptures as at least nine kinds of stones: He is the eternal rock (Isa. 26:4; Matt. 16:18), the foundation stone (Isa. 28:16; 1 Cor. 3:11), the living stone (1 Pet. 2:4), the cornerstone (Psa. 118:22; Isa. 28:16), the precious stone (Isa. 28:16; 1 Pet. 2:4, 6-7), the topstone (Zech. 4:7), the cleft rock (Exo. 17:6; 1 Cor. 10:4), the crushing stone (Dan. 2:34-35; Matt. 21:44), and the stone of stumbling (Isa. 8:14; Rom. 9:33).

In the Psalms we can see that we can experience Him in all the positive aspects as this stone for God’s building. As our refuge in 18:2, as the blessed stone in 18:46, as our protection in 31:2, as the higher stone in 61:2, as the unique stone in 61:6, as our strength in 61:7, as our habitation in 71:3, as the unfailing One in 73:26, as our salvation in 89:26 and 95:1, and as our trust in 94:22.

Psalm 118 reveals to us one particular kind of stone, the cornerstone. It is by Christ’s being the cornerstone that He could die for us, that we could be crucified with Him, made alive with Him, resurrected with Him, and seated with Him in the heavenlies, and that He could save us, transform us into precious stones, and build us together to be God’s habitation, God’s unique temple in the universe. When Peter preached the gospel on the day of Pentacost in Acts chapter 4, he preached Christ as this stone rejected by the builders and precious to God. Later in his first epistle, Peter again brings us to this living stone who in regenerating us has made us living stones for God’s building.

It is in Christ as the stone that we were saved and regenerated and are being transformed into God’s habitation. To His house, Christ is the cornerstone, the stone that joins together two peoples (Jewish and Gentile), two cultures, two ministries (Peter and Paul’s), and two economies, (God’s Old Testament Economy, and His New Testament economy).

Saints, may we, today, come to know Christ as the cornerstone of God’s building. May everything in us that does not fit into God’s building be crushed and become like chaff from the summer threshing floors. May what we are building be fitted together with Christ as the cornerstone. May God gain His building through our experience and application of Christ as the multifaceted stone as the building element of God’s building.

 

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