A CHIEF CORNER STONE

1Pe 2:6  “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”

Peter is paraphrasing a verse of scripture found in Isaiah 28:16: “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” He is assuring us again that our obedience does not lie in our own strength. We are not left to our own devices to figure out how to build a spiritual house, or fill the office of a New Testament priest. The foundation for every good and right thing we will ever do is already laid.

This is not to say that we can just sit back and take our leisure. Rather, this is an encouragement to us that our labor is not in vain. We know that we have a Savior who is with us daily in our service. He is the chief corner stone. From Him, the building is squared and plumbed. He was chosen by God for this purpose. He is precious in the sight of His Father. The Father is completely satisfied with the work done by the Son in being our example of a faithful walk, our teacher in how to live a Godly life, our Savior from sin and the difficulties of this world, and our defender from our adversary. Jesus is the foundation on which our salvation, our hope, and our joy rest!

When we think about a foundation, we think of something that is sure and reliable. Our homes are built on a foundation. If the builder did a good job in laying the foundation, then neither the foundation nor our homes have any cracks in them. The doors and windows open and close properly. Corners are straight and plumb. We don’t worry about the foundation ever deciding to take a day off or move in some other direction. We rely on the steadfastness of the foundation to feel safe in our dwelling.

Our life foundation, Jesus Christ, is a reliable foundation. We can have all confidence (believe) in Him. As a foundation, He is sure and steadfast. He never sleeps or slumbers. His eye is always on us, and His thoughts are always toward us. We can lay our hand willing to every work that the Holy Spirit moves us to do, knowing that there is a solid foundation beneath us and our labors. He makes us that we should not ever be ashamed (confounded) of Him or the good works that we do in His name.

May we always feel this firm foundation holding us up, and may we always give all honor and glory to Him who makes us not ashamed!

 

 

 

 

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