Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jesus the Rock, Chief Cornerstone and our Resurrected Savior.

1 Corinthians 15:12-14, New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

Colossians 2:9-14, (NKJV)

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Ephesians 2:19-22, (NKJV)

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Psalm 18:2, (NKJV)

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

1 Peter 2:4-8, (NKJV)

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

Isaiah 28:16, (NKJV) this is where verse 6 is referencing.

16 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.

Psalm 118:22, (NKJV) this is where verse 7 is referencing.

22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

2 Samuel 22:32, (NKJV)

32 “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?

2 Samuel 22:47, (NKJV)

47 “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, the Rock of my salvation!

1 Corinthians 10:4, (NKJV)

and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

Romans 9:33, (NKJV)

33 As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
My Comments: I find it amazing that the chief cornerstone, Jesus, came as a human baby born in a stable. Here was the King of the Universe, the Creator God choosing to leave Heaven and be born a man-child. Then later, choosing to die on a Cross so we might have salvation and life eternal with Him. The glory of glories He fulfills what He said he would and is resurrected on the third day.
He said He would destroy the temple and raise it up on the third day and He did. He did this to fulfill prophecy, and so we all may live if we put our trust in the chief cornerstone. 
The belief in the resurrection is key to the belief of all Christians for without that belief there is no Christianity. Otherwise Jesus was just a man who claimed to be god. Or he was a Prophet who was not a good one (there have been many of those throughout the ages and even during Jesus’ time). He could not have been a good man if He sought to deceive those who followed Him and if we believed in Him without Him resurrecting then we would be deceived.
Glory be to God the Father, Jesus did resurrect, He was not a Prophet or a good man, He was God incarnate. Fully God, Fully man he rose again on the third day as He said He would and He showed Himself to those who lived then. He still gives us the choice to accept or reject Him. To reject the chief cornerstone is to reject God and to choose death and Hell. To accept Jesus’ sacrifice and Him as Lord is to accept the free gift of Life Eternal and Heaven.
Once we accept Him we become a part of the body which are the stones that build the Church Body. Then when we are Baptized and proclaim we are of the Body of Christ we share in the building of the Church. We are being built for the Holy Spirit and we then go out and as He said make Disciples who make Disciples for the glory of God and to lay up treasures in Heaven for us. Praise be to God for all He has done, is doing and will do for us. Amen.
Abba Father, thank You for sending Your Son, for raising Him up on the third day and for giving us the Rock of our Salvation that we might be heirs with Him in Heaven with You.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, the Rock of our Salvation and the chief cornerstone for Your sacrifice and Love. Bring all our loved ones into the Family of God and help us to never fear and to trust in You always.
Holy Spirit fill us with the Truth, faith and trust of all that Abba has revealed to us and to search diligently for more with an unquenchable thirst and hunger for His Word.
Thank You, Abba for all You give to us to know and do. Keep our feet firmly on the Rock of our Salvation and speak to our hearts so we will never be misled and knocked from standing firm on the Rock. In Jesus name in unity with the Holy spirit I pray, Amen.


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