THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE
"Behold, 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 2:6, NKJV).
The cornerstone 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
Peter 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).
Employing 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 unity.
Here 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.
My Prayer Today: Lord, I thank You for Christ, the chief cornerstone. May I build
firmly on His sure foundation. Amen.