Jesus Christ



25. What does ‘Jesus is the chief cornerstone’ mean?




The chief cornerstone is the stone that forms the base of a corner of a building joining two walls, therefore the fact that Jesus Christ is called “the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:20-21) indicates that He is the fundamental stone on which the Church of God was built, which is a spiritual house, a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. Upon Him there are other stones: first the apostles and the prophets (Ephesians 2:20), and then all the believers, as it is written: “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5). It is interesting to note that this stone was rejected by the builders, that is, the chief priests, the scribes and the Pharisees, before it became the chief cornerstone of the house of God; and that while to us who have believed it is the chief cornerstone, elect and precious, to those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ it is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense (1 Peter 2:6-8), that is, their ruin, in that Jesus said that “whoever falls on this stone will be broken” (Matthew 21:44 – NKJV).