Eph.2:19-21 – 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 Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
One of David’s amazing messianic prophecies is found in Ps.118:22, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”. This is one of the passages Jesus quoted to the Jewish leaders shortly before His arrest and execution. What a powerful prophetic word. In it we see the rejection of the spiritual leaders of Israel and Jesus referred to as the cornerstone of this spiritual temple that He would build.
What exactly did this mean? How is Jesus the cornerstone? The cornerstone in the buildings during this time period is significant for several reasons. First it was the first stone placed in the construction of the building and the first stone laid in the foundation of the building. Jesus was the first living stone placed in this spiritual temple which would be the new dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Next, the foundation stone would be the perfect model stone for the rest of the stones to be patterned after. The apostles of Jesus are the foundation stones of this temple being formed into the image of Christ. The foundation stone would also be the support of the building. The whole weight of this new temple of God is resisting upon Christ alone. Here is how Charles Hodge describes this verse.
“Christ being the corner stone, every thing depends on union with him. Therefore the apostle adds, “In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord.” Christ is the principle at once of support and of growth. He not only sustains the building, but carries it on to its consummation….. Union with him is the sole essential condition of our being parts of that living temple of which he is the corner stone.”
For us as individuals our proper relationship to this spiritual building is of utmost importance. Just think how useless any stone from this great building would be if it was unconnected just laying out in some field. We find our purpose when we as living stones are connected to the temple of God. It is in our union with Christ and His temple (church) that we become the place of God’s habitation.