Christ 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