Bible Revelations Magazine
The Beasts of Revelations
The Bible tells us in the book of Ephesians 2:20, that Jesus is the “Chief Cornerstone” of our faith. Though this phrase is often used in sermons and teaching, it is not always explained to the hearers exactly what a chief cornerstone is and how this applies to their relationship with Christ. I will attempt to give a brief but concise explanation of the phrase and its meaning.
We all know that a regular cornerstone is found on the corner of a building and that it is used to identify the founders of the church and other important information. A regular cornerstone is located on one of four corners, which does not identify either as a “chief” corner. The “chief” corner is the place in which all other corners come together. In the modern construction of building there is no place where all four corners are joined, but there is such a place in ancient constructions. The ancient construction in which there is a joining of four corners is in the pyramids. The joining of the four corners does not take place on the ground, but at the top. Therefore, when scripture speaks of a chief cornerstone, the only thing that it could apply to is the pyramid.
Now that we know what is the type of building being referred to, let us examine how a pyramid can be transferred in a figure to Jesus and the church. To lay a better foundation for this analogy, I turn your attention to the scripture in Peter 2:5 in which it states, “We are living stones… a holy house”. This reference also applies to the pyramids and how they are constructed with varying levels of stones, having different shapes, but all fitting smoothly together to lead to the apex at the top. We know that our bodies are the temple of God ( 1 Corinthians 6:19), and that we are stone which make up a spiritual pyramid or temple. The one thing that all the stones must align with is the one stone at the top, the chief cornerstone. This symbolizes that we must all conform to the way and will of Christ, the Chief Cornerstone. All other stones represent different levels of God’s people. There were only 3 in Christ’s “inner circle” and only twelve as original apostles. As the levels descend, there are an increasing number of saints that fall in that category. Basically the levels are as indicated in (1 Corinthians 12:28). There is only one Christ. The next smallest group is Apostles, then Prophets, then Evangelist, Then Pastors and Teachers, and finally the average saint.
The pyramid was a temple of worship, just as the church is a temple of worship. The understanding of the structure shows that the focus of the worship is not on the ground but in the heavens. Therefore the focal point in which comes in contact with man is not located at the bottom, but at the top. If were located at the bottom, there would be four possible corners on which the focus would rest, but the focus is in the heavens, and as such there is only one stone through which all the others must direct their focus. This is the “Chief Cornerstone”.
Another reference to the cornerstone is found in 1 John 3:2 in which we are taught, “ We know not what we shall be but we know that when He returns we will be like Him”. What this is saying is that the Church does not know what it will look like, but the new creature that have become will be and look like Christ. This tells us that when Christ returns; we will all be changed, “In a moment… in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52). This change will make us be the same type of creature as Christ, because Christ is the first born of every new creature (Revelations 1:5). A good visual example of this principle can be found on the dollar bill. It shows a pyramid with the chief cornerstone lifted above. Without the chief cornerstone, the pyramid looks confusing and imperfect. The shape of it does not conform to anything symmetrical. The chief cornerstone does have a shape and symmetry that is functional and perfect. When the chief cornerstone sits atop of the other stones, it causes the entire structure to take on the appearance of the chief cornerstone. Therefore, when Jesus, our Chief Cornerstone, shall appear, we will all take own that same appearance that He has.
Finally, there is a reference to the fact that this stone is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense (1 Peter 2: 7 & 8). This refers to the fact that in the construction of a pyramid, the first stone to be cut is the chief cornerstone. All others must be made to conform to its dimensions. What this creates is a situation in which that one stone is left lying around the construction site until the very end of the work. It was often stumbled over by workmen who let themselves forget that it was there. In the Church many saints let themselves forget that Jesus is actually there in their lives, so when they start to stray too far, the stumble over the fact what they are doing is not in keeping with the will of Christ, The Chief Cornerstone. The stone then becomes not only a stone of stumbling, but it the thing that identifies that fact that a person if doing wrong. It becomes the rock of offense. That which judges right from wrong. To the pyramid builders, this was the chief cornerstone. To the Church, this is Jesus, our Christ.
There is another reference to this chief cornerstone in which it is not referred to as the chief cornerstone, but it is identified as such through its actions. This reference is in the book of Daniel 2:34, in which the king has a vision of a great image. This image or colossus represents all of the kingdoms that will oppress Israel from the Babylonian kingdom through the kingdom of the Revised Roman Empire, which is headed by the Anti-Christ. The conclusion of the vision is that a stone is hewn from a mountain, then that stone smites the image on the foot, causing the entire colossus to crumple. This stone is Christ, and His kingdom is the “Stone” or millennial kingdom. It is Christ return that destroys the kingdom of the Anti-Christ, then rules.
These observations about the chief cornerstone should give a better understanding of how the term is used in scripture. There are more examples to be found, but this should put you on the right track of what to look for when you see the phrase mentioned.
May God Bless You.