The Christian Identity Part – 4

1Peter2: 7 -9 —- Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”  and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed.  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

In biblical times, a cornerstone was used as the foundation and standard upon which a building was constructed. Once in place, the rest of the building would conform to the angles and size of the cornerstone. In addition, if removed, the entire structure could collapse.
When Jesus came into this world, God chose Him to be a cornerstone. Jesus Christ knew He was the promised Messiah, and He demonstrated that in many ways.

This universe is not a democracy, but a kingdom. God is the King, and in His love and grace He has made His Son the cornerstone and foundation of His creation. But what has happened here on earth? The majority of mankind does not recognize the solid foundation God provided for them. Instead, for many different reasons, we have built our lives on things other than Jesus Christ.

Many people are unsaved, and without someone’s intervening in their lives and bringing them to Christ, they will “perish” (John 3:16). We should aggressively share our faith with those who are unsaved, doing our best to ensure that they too will live forever.

Although many people reject Christ outright, there is another, more subtle, way that we reject Him. That more subtle way is when a person takes Jesus Christ as the foundation of his life, but then in practice rejects Him. We do this when we build upon Christ according to our will and pleasure, rather than building according to God’s plans and in obedience to the Word of God.

If our decisions and works are not according to God’s directions, it will only bring destruction in our lives. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and foundation of our lives and the Bible is our book of building codes. We should faithfully pray, meet together, share our resources with others, tell the Good News to the unsaved, live godly lives, and much more. It is not enough to just have a foundation; we need to build upon it in a way that is pleasing to God.

The Jews wanted the Messiah to overthrow the Roman Empire; they wanted a King in the physical sense of the word – with a sword and an army ready to overthrow the Romans. But Jesus, born in a stable, without a sword came to save the world through His unconditional love for them, by dying on the cross.

Was there any other way to save humans without Jesus dying on the cross? A master can make a slave work throughout their life, but when the slave dies the master has no power over the slave. The day the slave dies, he or she has freedom from the master. Similarly Jesus died our death, we have spiritually died with Jesus and thus Satan has no more power over us forever. When Adam sinned, it affected us and we are born with the nature of sin in us. When Jesus died on the cross, His death saved the human race, by bringing us to righteousness with God.

The choice is ours and only ours – who do we choose? Jesus or the devil.

Jesus Christ is God’s foundation stone, and capstone, for mankind and the universe. Let us build our lives upon Him, and help others to do the same.

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