Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
Ephesians 2:19-21 (NKJV)
In what is known as one of the letters of Paul's religion, the apostle presents the role of the church as a place of God, drawing on the world of construction and representing it as a building. Faced with the risk of constructions ever more centralized on the role of some human ministry, let the Scripture be a lamp on our path. Not only, through him, according to Ephesus, Jews and kind interests the right place. In fact, the reconciling work of Christ has brought Jews and Gentiles into the family of God, as sons of a single Father, "but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God". For this work, every believer, at every latitude, is placed on the walls of this building. The Pauline text lends itself to a double interpretation. The first is the classical one of the cornerstone as the basis and foundation of the Church. The Orientals considered the main cornerstone, more important than the foundations, and therefore called "first stone". In the building of God, the cornerstone, irreplaceable and stable base, remains Jesus Christ, on whom the whole building, apostles and prophets included, well connected together, is being raised through the Spirit. Note one of the characteristics of the Church, such as being on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. This is a Roman Catholic church, but that the Church is apostolic as faithful to the apostolic teaching of the New Testament.
The second interpretation sees in Christ, the cornerstone, the keystone (or stone of the canton) of the new building. In this case, Christ is the one who unites the whole Church, built on Him, and it is also its fulfillment: "chief and compiler". In this perspective, apostolic teaching remains the basis, while Christ is the keystone, that is the head of the Christian faith, the only support of the Church without which the spiritual edifice could not exist. He is the first and the last, the principle and the terminal of our preaching. This is the most common, because of a confusion made between the "cornerstone" and the "stone" to which another text refers: "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it". Peter can not be confused with Christ himself, since he is considered to be expressly designated as a "cornerstone". In the same way nobody can take its place. Christ is the supporter of all things (Hebrews 1:3), even though it was the stone that the builders rejected, according to Psalms 118:22 and resumed in the Gospels. I hope that it will pay attention so that it is not rejected by our cults, our devotion, ever more desirous of images and representations, whose great risk is the drift of a golden calf. We remain in the apostolic awareness that "it is the cornerstone" (Acts 4:11).
Weekly Bible reading plan
December 03 Ezekiel 45-46; 1 John 2
December 04 Ezekiel 47-48; 1 John 3
December 05 Daniel 1-2; 1 John 4
December 06 Daniel 3-4; 1 John 5
December 07 Daniel 5-7; 2 John
December 08 Daniel 8-10; 3 John
December 09 Daniel 11-12: Judah