Psalm 118: Christ as the Cornerstone

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 | 2 comments

“The stone which the builders rejected Has become the head of the corner.” (Psalm 118:22)
“Coming to Him, a living stone, rejected by men but with God chosen and precious, you yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. “ (1 Peter 2:4-5)

Psalm 118 reveals Christ as the cornerstone for God’s building. Verses 22-24 are quoted by the Lord Jesus in Matt 21 in reference to Himself. He is the stone who was rejected by men, but who joins us together with fellow members of His Body to make us God’s corporate testimony. As such a One, he is precious to God.


  1. In the Bible we can see that there are many kinds of “building”. The fact that Psalm 118:22 states “the builders rejected” means that they were building something, but this building did not include Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 shows us that Jesus Christ is the unique foundation of God’s building but in 3:10b there is a warning which says, “But let each man take heed how he builds upon it.” This is a sobering word concerning what we are building and how we are building today. In the midst of our daily lives, how can we be those who participate in the building work of God and experience Christ as the corner stone? 1 Peter 2:4a gives us the way: “Coming to Him, a living stone…” Each day we must come to Him! In this way “You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house…” (1 Peter 2:5a). May we all come to Christ as the living stone day by day and be joined together with others to be His building!

  2. The chief priests and Pharisees rejected Christ as the stone because they were building something other than the genuine building of God. Instead, they were building up the Jewish religion, a religion of a physical temple, with physical offerings, and material blessings. God’s economy is to build up the genuine temple of the Lord (Eph. 2:20-21), with Christ as the unique offering and every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ! May we all have a revelation concerning God’s New Testament economy.

    I was also encouraged to “speak to the rock” more often. So many of our Christian experiences are based on the fact that the Lord is the stone for God’s building. We should thank the Lord that we’ve been “begotten of the Rock”.

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