Posted by: forfreedomalone | 23/06/2014

Cap or Key stone?

Zechariah 10:4 tells us that “From Judah will come the cornerstone,”.
Isaiah 28:16 says ” “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.”
Job 38:4 -6 says “”Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone?”

All these Scriptures are talking about Jesus, who is the cornerstone. But what is a cornerstone?

A cornerstone, is a stone which was laid as the first stone of a building. It was placed in the corner where two outside walls would meet (hence the name cornerstone) and was vital to the whole building’s stability, as it had to be absolutely square and flat. If this stone was off by the tiniest degree, if it was rough, or angled in any direction the whole building would, eventually, fall down.
This was the stone from which all measurements, dimensions and angles were taken. It was the foundation stone; not only as it was in the foundations, but also as it was the stone on which all others were built. It is the stone which bears the most stress.
This stone bears the weight of the building and, because it was used as the reference point from which the building began, it keeps the building straight and strong. It will never be moved or shaken from its place, it will never endanger the structure, as the structure is built upon it.

You can see from that, that Jesus is indeed the cornerstone. If our lives are built on him, we have a sure foundation, we are built on rock and not sand, we are able to stand when all around are falling. 

The cornerstone is not the same as a keystone.

A keystone is placed at the apex of an unsupported arch and was an invention of the Romans. 
The arch cannot stand until the keystone is placed into position. When it is, it deflect all the pressure on the arch to the other stones and eventually to the ground. After many years of being in position vibration can work the keystone loose and it can fall out, thereby, causing the arch to collapse.
Jesus will never ‘come lose’ and he will never put pressure on us. He carries our burdens, we do not carry his.

Neither of these is the same thing as a capstone. 
A capstone is fitted to the top of, typically, a wall. The wall is built and then the capstone is placed on top. Capstones do not come as one, but as many, so as to cover an entire wall, for decorative or weather protection purposes.

With the current slap-dash attitude to language we often see all three words used to describe who Jesus is and to name groups who say they are built on him. 
You cannot be built on a key or cap stone; they are built on you. You can only be build on a cornerstone. This is why Jesus is referred to as the cornerstone and only that.

No one is going to hell for using the wrong word, but when we do use the wrong word for something, especially something God has said, we lose the meaning he had and then we lose the benefit he was trying to give us. When he spoke the world into existence he was very precise about his words. If we want full benefit from his word, we need to be equally precise. There is no righteousness, or glory, or greater love from God when we are pedantic, but there is a deeper connection with the God of the entire universe when we take the time to be precise and pedantic in our studies.

Consider asking yourself, as you read some verses today, what do those words mean? What did they mean in the language in which they were spoken? 
Digging a little is like unearthing real treasure, you see the meaning, which was in God’s heart when he gave that word, open up like a flower and understanding radiates like sunshine on you.
Don’t turn this into a law. Just have a little fun with it and see if you can open up more of the word for yourself.

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