“The Chief Cornerstone Becomes A Stumbling Block”
For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a CHOICE STONE, a PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, and, he who BELIEVES in Him will NOT be DISAPPOINTED.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The STONE which the builders REJECTED, this became the VERY CORNERSTONE,” and, A STONE of STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the Word, and to this DOOM they were appointed. 1 Peter 2:6-8
Cornerstone: The chief foundation on which something is constructed or developed.
Stumbling Block: An obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.
I am not a builder or a contractor, but this much I know; you MUST have a FIRM FOUNDATION, to build upon. The Word of God, tells us that God has laid in Zion, a CHOICE stone, A PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE. And upon this CORNERSTONE God will build His Church. Which consists of LIVING STONES, these are the TRUE BELIEVERS, and the CHIEF CORNERSTONE is the LORD JESUS CHRIST. These LIVING STONES will be placed upon the CORNERSTONE, which is the BEDROCK of FAITH for those who are LIVING STONES.
But, for those who are UNBELIEVERS, who have REJECTED the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, the Lord Jesus Christ, as their SAVIOR and LORD, the CORNERSTONE becomes a STUMBLING BLOCK, and a ROCK of OFFENSE, the feeling of RESENTFUL DISPLEASURE. This is the case for the UNBELIEVER, because they are DISOBEDIENT to God and His Word. They LIVE in DISBLIEF and the CHIEF CORNERSTONE brings them RESENTFUL DISPLEASURE, mainly because of the GUILT and CONVICTION they experience, whenever they are exposed to His HOLY, RIGHTEOUS PRESENCE by way of the WORK of His HOLY SPIRIT, which brings LIGHT into the DARK RECESSES of their HEARTS. If they do NOT RESPOND to the LIGHT, but continue to REJECT it, they are DOOMED to an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING, after they are there.
If you have NOT TRULY GIVEN your HEART and LIFE to GOD, then that is your DESTINY. However, God is giving you the OPPORTUNITY NOW to change your DESTINY by: Willingly TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. And CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a LIVING STONE, placed on the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, and become a part of the BLOOD-WASHED CHURCH of the LIVING GOD, with an ETERNAL HOME in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!