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August 18, 2022

Resurrection -- The Cornerstone for God's Building

Acts 4:10 Let it be known to you all and to all the people of Israel that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified and whom God has raised from the dead, in this name this man stands before you in good health. 11 This is the stone which was considered as nothing by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner. 12 And there is salvation in no other, for neither is there another name under heaven given among men in which we must be saved

Here we see that the crucified Jesus, the One whom God raised up from the dead, is the cornerstone rejected by the Jewish leaders. If we read these verses carefully, we shall see that salvation is in the resurrected Christ. Furthermore, this salvation is for God's building. The Savior in resurrection is the cornerstone for God's building, which is also in resurrection. By this we see that the Lord's resurrection is not only for our salvation but also for God's building. Both our salvation and God's building are in the resurrected Christ. When Peter recognized that the Lord was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus immediately said, "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church." The name Peter means "stone." From that day on, Peter was deeply impressed with the matter of building, and he became the first person after the Lord Jesus to speak about the building. Soon after the day of Pentecost, Peter preached that Christ was not only the Savior but also the cornerstone for God's building (Acts 4:11). Christ is the Stone-Savior, the Savior for salvation and the stone for God's building. God's salvation is for God's building. In Christianity today people preach Christ mainly as the Savior, not as the stone, because most people have seen the matter of salvation but have missed God's building. In the past centuries, Christians have seen much concerning God's salvation. However, not many know about God's building. Salvation is not God's goal; God's building is His goal, and salvation is the process to accomplish the goal. The New Testament is a book of Christ, and it begins with Christ, but once people come to know Christ, He turns them to the building of the church. When Peter said, "You are the Christ," the Lord Jesus told him that he was a stone, and that He would build His church [which is His Body] . (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp.428, and The Testimony of Jesus, Chapter 1, Section 1. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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