1 Peter 2:4-6 (NLT)
Christ the Cornerstone
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. 5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 6 As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
V4, Now Peter moves from exhortation to a consideration of believers’ privileges in the new house (the church) and in the new priesthood.
In the new order, Christ is central, and so we come to Him. Because Peter is thinking in terms of a building and of building materials, we are not surprised to find the Lord presented figuratively as a stone. First, He is that living stone—not an inanimate or dead stone but One who lives in the power of an endless life (Heb. 7:16).
Incredible as it may seem, He is rejected by men. In their selfish, blueprints for life, shortsighted men can find no place for their Creator and Redeemer. Just as there was no room for Him in the inn, so there is no place for Him in the plan of their lives!
But it is not man’s opinion that counts. In God’s sight the Lord Jesus is chosen … and precious. He is chosen as not only the suitable stone but the indispensable One. And His value to God is inestimable; He is precious beyond computation.
If we are going to be used in God’s building program we must come to Christ. Our only suitability to be building materials is derived from our identification with Him.
V6, Still thinking of the building, Peter reverts to Christ the stone, and in particular, to Christ as the chief cornerstone. By quoting from Isaiah 28:16, he shows that Christ’s role as cornerstone was foretold in Scripture. He points out that God has determined that Christ will have this unique position, that He is an elect and precious stone, and that He is completely dependable. No one who trusts in Him will ever be disappointed.
The word translated cornerstone in this passage may be understood in at least three ways, and each applies with equal validity and force to the Lord Jesus.
1. A cornerstone in modern architecture is placed at the base of one corner, where it binds two walls together and symbolizes the foundation on which the entire building rests. Christ is the cornerstone, the only genuine foundation (1 Cor. 3:10, 11), the One who has united believing Jews and Gentiles (like two walls in one building) into one new man (Eph. 2:13, 14).
2. Some scholars think that this stone is the keystone in an arch. It is the stone which completes the arch and holds the rest of the building together. Our Lord certainly meets this description. He is the topmost stone in the arch, and without Him there would be no strength or cohesion to the building.
3. A third view is that the stone is the capstone in a pyramid, occupying the highest place in the structure. It is the only stone of that shape in the structure. Its shape determines the shape of the entire pyramid. It is the last stone to be put in place. So Christ is the Capstone of the church, the truly unique Stone. The church gets its character from Him. When He returns, the building will be completed.
He is a stone elect and precious. He is elect in the sense that God has selected Him to occupy the place of chief honor; He is precious because there is not another like Him.
He who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame. The original passage in Isaiah from which this is quoted is rendered “he who believes will not act hastily.” Put these two together and you have the wonderful promise that those who have Christ as their cornerstone are saved from frustrating humiliation and from frantic haste.
Messanic Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled
Messiah would be betrayed
Psa 41:9 (ESV)
Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against
Mat 26:14-16 (ESV)
Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field
Zch 11:12-13 (ESV)
Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. 13 Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”— the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.
Mat 27:9-10 (ESV)
Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”