Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chief Cornerstone


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And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:5-12, New King James Version

Chief Cornerstone

Peter and John had been arrested, and were called before the High Priest, as well as other rulers of the Jews to give an account of their deeds. Peter boldly proclaimed, If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

He was not afraid to look them right in the eye and proclaim, . . .that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified . . . by Him this man stands here before you whole. This "stone" which was rejected by the Jews, became the "Chief Cornerstone."

As Christians today, we are like this man. We need to be healed, and only by the blood of Christ can that be accomplished.

The Jews intended to end this new sect, and yet by the plans of God Himself, they were the means God used to bring salvation to his people. Christ was the stone who became the chief cornerstone. Indeed, for all Christians today, Christ is our Cornerstone.

Due to their unbelief, the Jewish leaders did not comprehend Peter's proclamation, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

That should not surprise us, because in our day, it still is comprehended by so few. The majority, whose hearts are darkened by sin, refuse to believe Peter's words. What do you believe?

I pray that, by the grace of God, you know and believe, that there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone, is the only one who can bring salvation to our desperate souls, and grant us life with Him forever!

Oh, what a wonderful Savior we have.

God Bless You,
Linda Croft

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