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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5269 cornerstone
5269 cornerstone

5269 cornerstone

A stone that can be in the foundation, above ground level or at the summit of the roof (the “capstone”). The cornerstone of a large building gives it a reliable and firm foundation, leading to the cohesion and stability of the whole building. In Scripture, such foundation-stones are taken as symbolic of the basis of faith in Jesus Christ and the church. Jesus Christ is thus represented as both the foundation upon which the church is built, and the capstone which crowns the whole.

The place of the cornerstone in buildings

Job 38:4-6 See also Jer 51:26; 1Pe 2:4-8

The cornerstone is prominent, indispensable and should be reliable

Isa 28:16 See also Ps 118:22; Isa 19:13

Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the church

Eph 2:19-22 See also 1Pe 2:5-6; Isa 28:16

The cornerstone is a sure foundation for believers, but a stumbling-block for unbelievers

Rejection of the cornerstone leads to stumbling and rejection Mt 21:42-44 pp Mk 12:10-11 pp Lk 20:17-18 See also Ps 118:22-23; Isa 8:13-15; Ro 9:33; Isa 28:16; 1Pe 2:7-8

Reliance on the cornerstone gives security to believers 1Pe 2:6-7 See also Isa 28:16; Ac 4:10-12; Eph 2:20-22

The capstone as the crowning glory of a building

Ps 118:22 For all the following NT references, NIV footnote is “cornerstone”: Mt 21:42-44 pp Mk 12:10 pp Lk 20:17-18; Ac 4:10-12; 1Pe 2:4-8

See also

2212Christ, head of church
7024church, nature of

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