Isaiah 28:16 talks about a tried stone. A tried stone is a fine grained stone used for carving statues. Stone is a solid nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made. A piece of stone can be shaped for a specific purpose.
In every stone building, one stone is crucial. It is laid first, and it is to ensure that the building is square and stable. It is the rock upon which the weight of the entire structure rests. It is the cornerstone.
Scripture describes Jesus as the "Chief Cornerstone" of our faith. As the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus ensures the stability of the whole system of our salvation. Jesus was and is the only plan of salvation. Isaiah 28:16, "Therefore this says the Lord God: 'Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation.'"
Jesus is also called the stumbling stone. Psalm 118:22 calls Christ "the stone which the builders rejected," describing the Jews attempt to build their house but leaving out the stone who was Jesus Christ.
Matthew 21:42-44, "Jesus said to them: 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone, this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?
Jesus came to His own, and instead of embracing Him, they stumbled over Him and ultimately nailed Him to the cross.
Jesus also is called the Smitten Stone. In Exodus 17, we read of Moses striking a rock, which brings forth water.
When Paul mentions this in 1st Corinthians 10:4, he interprets the passage prophetically: "They drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ."The smitten stone of Exodus becomes a picture of the smitten Christ who became the fountainhead of blessing as His blood gushed forth on the cross and He became the Redeemer of the world.
In Acts 4:11 when Peter is addressing the Sanhedrin, Peter actually tells them, "Let it be known to you all, and to all of the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom 'you' crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the 'Chief Cornerstone.' Nor is there any salvation in any other, for there is no other name under the heaven given among men by which we must be saved."Paul writes in 1st Corinthians 3:9a, "For we are God's fellow workers, you are God's field, you are God's building." Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone of our faith brings unity to the body of Christ.
Ephesians 2:19-22, "Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple of the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. As fellow citizens, we are part of the kingdom of God. And as members of God's household, all believers become one spiritual family; and as a holy temple, all believers together form a habitation for God. Peter says in 1st Peter 2:9-10, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; you are a child of the Most High God! Give Him praise!
So have we build our house with Jesus as the cornerstone and how does this relate to being born again?
How do we get there?
What have we type of cornerstone did we place, do we have a cornerstone? What type of stone and foundation has been used?
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