What is the biblical meaning of Cornerstone

The corner stone

Let it be made known to you all and to all the people of Israel that through the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, God raised him from the dead, that he through Himstands healthy in front of you. This is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. (Acts 4: 10-11)

Peter preached to the religious leaders of Jerusalem and boldly told them about Jesus Christ. He took words from Psalm 118:22 and applied them to Jesus. He told them that even though Jesus was rejected by people - by them - He was exalted by God the Father.

This quotation from Psalm 118:22 has a special place in the Bible. It is a powerful and important statement in the New Testament about the person and work of Jesus. Jesus himself speaks of this in Matthew 21:42; Mark 12: 10-11 and Luke 20:17. Peter quotes that here in Acts 4:11. Paul referred to this verse in Ephesians 2:20, and Peter refers to it again in 1 Peter 2: 7-8. No text in the Old Testament is quoted more often in the New Testament.

The principle that the one who is rejected becomes the cornerstone is found in many biblical characters. It applied to Jacob, Joseph, and David - each of them was rejected first and then exalted. That was certainly true of Jesus.

  • They did not approve of his origin (John 7:52)
  • They did not approve of his lack of schooling (John 7:15)
  • They Did Not Approve His Disregard of Religious Traditions (Luke 6.2)
  • They Disapproved of His Friends' Choice (Matthew 9:11)

But Jesus became the cornerstoneeven if the religious leaders (the Builders) Discard him. God set Jesus as cornerstone for His grand plan for eternity that all things be established and fulfilled in Him.

Notice this is something God does - whom God raised. The elevation of Jesus from the cross to the resurrection to the right hand of God is alone The work of God. Who exalted Jesus and set Jesus above all?

  • not the religious leaders - they rejected Him
  • not the Roman leaders - they crucified Him
  • not the Jews - they chose one another
  • not the influential successors - they buried Him
  • not the devoted women - they mourned
  • Just God, the Father himself, could exalt Jesus

And He did - God the Father exalted Jesus as He did Him raised from the dead. We cannot exalt Jesus any more than the Father did, but we can acknowledge exalted Jesus and give Him the honor He deserves.