Christ the Cornerstone

The Cornerstone

Gentiles were formerly excluded from Judaism.  The uncircumcised Gentiles were considered aliens to the promises and privileges of the Jews; but all that changed at the cross where the Lord Jesus Christ provided a Redemption Solution that reconciled all people to God without regard to race, sex, or social status (Ephesians 2:12-16).  Through His substitutionary death on the Cross, Jesus Christ ended the privileges of Judaism and opened a new way of equal opportunity for a new spiritual species called Christians.  Because of the reconciliation provided by the Cross, not only could anyone be saved by faith alone in Christ alone, but everyone had equal opportunity to receive spiritual promotion.

Jesus Christ was like the cornerstone that brought two walls together.  One wall represented the Jews and the other wall represented the Gentiles, which included everyone else.  Jesus Christ came and preached the gospel to both groups.  In Ephesians 2:17-18, He preached peace, i.e. peace with God, or salvation, to those who were near (Jews) and to those who were far away (Gentiles).  Jesus Christ became the access to the Father for both groups.  So, there is only one way to God for Jew or Gentile (which includes Arabs).  The way of salvation has never changed throughout history.  It always required faith in Jesus Christ, who is called Jehovah, or Lord, in the Old Testament.  It was Jesus Christ as Jehovah (the LORD) in whom Abraham believed for salvation (Genesis 15:6).

Those who believe in Jesus Christ in the Church Age become members of the Church, which is like a spiritual building with two walls (Jews and Gentiles) joined together by Christ, the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-21).  Jesus Christ as the cornerstone is the solution for Jews and Gentiles; and apart from faith in Jesus Christ, there can be no salvation.

The Top Cornerstone

The Lord Jesus Christ was symbolized as the original foundation cornerstone that was rejected by Israel, the original builder of the earthly temple (Psalm 118:22).  As the rejected cornerstone, He became a stumbling stone at the corner of the temple (Isaiah 8:14; Romans 9:32-33; 1 Peter 2:6-8).  However, through His victory on the Cross, the Lord Jesus Christ has become the top cornerstone, or keystone, which is also called the "chief corner stone" (Mark 12:10; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:6-8) of the new, Spiritual Temple of God.  The Lord Jesus Christ was symbolized by the first foundation cornerstone laid in Zion (Isaiah 28:16) and the last stone ("top stone") laid to complete the Temple of Zerubbabel (Zechariah 4:7).  As the top cornerstone, the Lord Jesus Christ is the head of all Jewish and Gentile believers.

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released October 8, 2001 - Revised Sept. 27, 2011

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