The Vineyard and the Cornerstone

A few recent posts have looked at Revelation 22:1, “And he showed me a river of water of life…” The river of water of life is a picture of the Spirit coming to us a our life supply. This life supply now is for the building of God’s habitation. In the future it will maintain the built-up New Jerusalem in the newness of God.

Some past posts presented life for building up from verses in 1 Corinthians 3, Ephesians 2:20-22 and 4:15-16, and 1 Peter 2:2-5. The parable in Matthew 21:33-46 is about a vineyard but the conclusion brings in a stone. This too shows us life for building. In this parable, a man planted a vineyard and was expecting fruit from it (v. 34, 41, 43). In the reality, God planted His life in us and is expecting fruit from the development, the growth, of this life. This fruit is tied to a stone (v. 42). The growth in life is for the building of God’s house with Christ as the Cornerstone, the Head of the Corner.

Christ as the Cornerstone was rejected by the Jewish leaders through crucifixion but became the Head of the Corner in resurrection (Acts 4:10-11). Now Christ as the Cornerstone joins us all together for God’s building. Moreover, the building work takes place not merely with Him, but in Him (Ephesians 2:20-21). In Him all the building is growing. This is the growth portrayed by the vineyard. Let us all give ourselves to this wonderful Triune God to “produce the fruit” and “give Him the fruit” for building His house on the way to New Jerusalem.

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