TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, January 05, 2018:
A stone representing the starting place in the construction of a monumental building. The stone placed at the corner of a building with the date of dedication or construction engraved on it; something that is essential or basic; in the Bible it is a metaphor for Christ.
Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone. Ephesians 2:20.
As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house to be a Holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:4-5.
For in scripture it says: See I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame. I Peter 2:6.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the construction of large buildings, a cornerstone is laid at the base of the building on one of the corners. It is the starting place of a building. The cornerstone sets the foundation and the building is then squared and aligned to it. On this cornerstone is written such things as the date the building was dedicated or opened. It usually will have a dedication written on the cornerstone.
The apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:20, above, about the cornerstone and foundation of the church that was built by the Lord. This is not a building but the whole body of Christ’s followers, past, present and future. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and it is built on the foundation of His Word and teachings which were made known to us by the apostles in the New Testament and the prophets in the Old Testament.
When Paul said, “Foundation of the apostles,” he was referring to the divine revelation that they taught, the Word of God given to the church (the believers in Jesus) before the writing of the New Testament.
In I Peter 2:6-8 Peter writes that this same cornerstone, Jesus, that God built His church upon is the same cornerstone that will be the stumbling stone that brings down the unbeliever in the Day of Judgment. To those who reject Christ, He is a stumbling stone but for those who believe in Christ, He is their cornerstone.
Peter reminds us, even as Paul did, that Christ’s position as chief cornerstone of the spiritual house, the church, was foreordained by God. For believers this stone is precious and trustworthy and our desire should be to align our life to the cornerstone, Christ Jesus.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Luke 18:16.
Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.
Thank You Jesus that You are God’s chosen cornerstone for Your church and that You have given me a solid foundation to build my faith on. May I daily align my standards and my goals on what Your trustworthy Word teaches me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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