Jesus Christ: THE PRECIOUS CORNER STONE : Isaiah 28

therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone of sure foundation: he that believeth shall not be in haste.

Isaiah 28:16 ASV


Isaiah had already revealed in Isaiah 8:14 that this stone would also be “a sanctuary, a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” Added to the three designations here, we have six adjectives for this Rock.

They are

(1) elect;

(2) cornerstone;

(3) tried;

(4) sanctuary;

(5) stone of stumbling; and

(6) rock of offense. It might also be added that Christ is the stone “from another world,” and he is “the living stone” (Zechariah 3:9), and the “growing stone” (Daniel 2:34-35).

It should be noted that the way of God’s revelation is always, “here a little, and there a little,” as mentioned in this very chapter.

One must even put two passages of Isaiah together for the information here indicated. Paul also quoted these passages together in Romans 9:33.

We cannot agree with the scholars who interpret this stone as any thing or any person other than Christ.

Only Jesus Christ fulfills the description of this Holy Rock as revealed in the Bible.

Christ as the Cornerstone suggests that:

(1) law and grace;

(2) God and man;

(3) time and eternity;

(4) B.C. and A.D.;

(5) the Mosaic dispensation and the Christian dispensation;

(6) the letter and the spirit; and

(7) judgment and mercy, both begin and end, thus forming, in a metaphor, a true corner in him!

The resurrection of Christ was the cornerstone of Paul’s preaching, this doctrine standing here as the climax of his sermon. As proof of Jesus’ resurrection, Paul offered the testimony of eyewitnesses and also the prophecies of the Old Testament which foretold it.

But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 ASV

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