I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he
who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame" (1 Peter
is the most important stone in a building. It is the stone
that binds the walls together and lines up the foundation
and superstructure. The strength of the entire building is
crucially dependent on the cornerstone. It regulates the whole
structure and provides order, strength, and symmetry to the
building. Christ is all this and more to His church.
sees Christ as the chief cornerstone. The word, chief, qualifies
the title, cornerstone, and adds symmetrical beauty
to strength, order, and cohesiveness. What an impressive,
portrait of Jesus Christ! No doubt, Peter, in depicting Christ
as the chief cornerstone recalled his Master's memorable declaration:
"On this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades
shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
the cornerstone metaphor, the apostle Paul also speaks of
Christ as the "chief cornerstone. In him the whole building
is joined together" (Ephesians 2:20, 21, NIV). Here the primary
focus is on the ability of the chief cornerstone to unite
and hold the building together. Not only is Christ the chief
cornerstone that strengthens, unifies, and beautifies His
church, He also wants to be the chief cornerstone in the life
and home of each individual believer. May we, as living stones
built upon the chief cornerstone, reflect His strength and
is a precious thought on which to reflect today: "Christ is
represented as dwelling in His people. Believers are represented
as 'built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone' '--Testimonies
for the Church, vol. 5, p. 291.
Prayer Today: Lord, I thank You for Christ, the
chief cornerstone. May I build firmly on His sure foundation.