Christ Jesus Himself is the Cornerstone

At the end of Matthew 21 is a parable. In verse 42 the Lord Jesus asked, quoting Psalm 118:22-23,

Have you never read in the Scriptures, “The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner. This was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes”?

New Jerusalem is spiritualThe Lord did not explicitly identify Himself as this Stone. But, in Acts 4:10-12 Peter clearly tells us that Jesus Christ the Nazarene is this Stone. Paul confirms this in Ephesians 2:20 saying that Christ Jesus Himself is the Cornerstone.

In the context of Ephesians 2:11-22 the Lord became Cornerstone to join His believers from the nations to His believers from among the Jews. Those of the nations had no hope and were apart from God (v. 11-12) but we were brought near by the blood Jesus shed on the cross (v. 13). Through His death, He became our peace and reconciled us all in one Body to God (v. 14-16).

Now peace is announced to the nations and to the Jews and “through Him we both have access in one Spirit unto the Father” (v. 17-18). Hence we are no longer strangers but members of the household of God (v. 19) and are being built together in Christ Jesus the Cornerstone (v. 20-22).

Since the Lord Himself is the Stone, He is the strongest evidence that God’s New Testament building is a living building, not something physical. This living building grows until it reaches its final state in New Jerusalem.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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