The head of the corner by elder don ellis


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The head of the corner by elder don ellis

  1. 1. In Mathew 22:32, Jesus is using a parableabout a vineyard which is really speakingabout a coming kingdom and is revealing tothem how men with carnal thinking andwisdom will act. They will finally kill the Son(or Christ) so they may possess the kingdombut rule it their way and not the way of theLord. Jesus is showing them that they arealready doing this. When he asks the Phariseeswhat he should do unto these men, they tellhim, in their self esteem and self righteousness,that he should destroy these wicked men andlet out the vineyard to men that will renderunto God the fruits there of. They dontunderstand that he is talking about thembecause they esteem themselves as righteousand are obedient in the ministering the lawservice kingdom. Mathew 22:42-45, "Saying,What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?They say unto him, The Son of David. Hesaith unto them, How then doth David in spiritcall him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto myLord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I makethine enemies thy footstool? If David then callhim Lord, how is he his son?"1 Peter 2:4-8 reads, ~To whom coming, as untoa living stone, disallowed indeed of men, butchosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as livelystones, are built up a spiritual house, an holypriesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, 1
  2. 2. acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Whereforealso it is contained in the scripture, Behold, Ilay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:and he that believeth on him shall not beconfounded. Unto you therefore which believehe is precious: but unto them which bedisobedient, the stone which the buildersdisallowed, the same is made the head of thecorner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock ofoffence, even to them which stumble at theword, being disobedient: whereunto also theywere appointed." God, in his great wisdomand mercy devises a way for us to be in hiskingdom. To some people this stone is astumbling block, a rock of offense. Thebuilder rejects this corner stone because infeeling righteous, he has no need of this stoneand it is in the way of building his church hisown way. To the chosen generation, thepeculiar people, the royal priesthood, it isprecious, greatly loved and much needed.Jesus is the rock that Paul describ4es as thecornerstone of the foundation that he laid. Thefoundation of his true Church consists of theeternal doctrine of election, predestination,calling, justification by Jesus shed blood andglorification as the resurrection of our body.There must be something done to us that wemight believe and completely trust in God forsalvation and be reconciled to his will. Wemust come to the belief that we are truly fallen 2
  3. 3. in Adam and are spiritually helpless and sinfulbefore a Holy righteous God, even as theIsraelites stood before the God of Mount Sinaiand could not even touch the mountain lestthey be slain. God must bring us to this •attitude, even as Christ is found in Philippians2:5-10, "Let this mind be in you, which wasalso in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form ofGod, thought it not robbery to be equal withGod: But made himself of no reputation, andtook upon him the form of a servant, and wasmade in the likeness of men: And being foundin fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and .became obedient unto death, even the death ofthe cross. Wherefore God also hath highlyexalted him, and given him a name which isabove every name: That at the name of Jesusevery knee should bow, of things in heaven,and things in earth, and things under theearth ... " Luke 20:16-20 reads, "He shall comeand destroy these husbandmen, and shall givethe vineyard to others. And when they heard it,they said, God forbid. And he beheld them,and said, What is this then that is written, Thestone which the builders rejected, the same isbecome the head of the comer? Whosoevershall fall upon that stone shall be broken; buton whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him topowder. And the chief priests and the scribesthe same hour sought to lay hands on him; andthey feared the people: for they perceived that 3
  4. 4. he had spoken this parable against them. Andthey watched him, and sent forth spies, whichshould feign themselves just men, that theymight take hold of his words, that so theymight deliver him unto the power and authorityof the governor." This cornerstone is Christand in our depraved and fallen condition wemust be brougllt to the experience where wecan only fall on this stone with a broken heartand a contrite spirit as in Isaiah 66:2, "For allthose things hath mine hand made, and thosethings have been, saith the LORD: but to thisman will I look, even to him that is poor and ofa contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."This is a man that fears God and wants toplease God, yet feels poor within himself; hehas a broken heart. This is the man to whomGod looks to worship him and hallow hisname. He has fallen on the cornerstone and isbroken and the foundation that goes out fromthat stone is reasonable to believe and it issomething to rejoice in. David wrote in Psalm40:1-4, "I waited patiently for the LORD; andhe inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Hebrought me up also out of an horrible pit, outof the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock,and established my goings. And he hath put anew song in my mouth, even praise unto ourGod: many shall. see it, and fear, and shall trustin the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh 4
  5. 5. the LORD his trust, and respecteth not theproud, nor such as tum aside to lies."Luke 20: 16-18 reads, "He shall come anddestroy these husbandmen, and shall give thevineyard to others. And when they heard it,they said, God forbid. And he beheld them,and said, What is this then that is written, Thestone which the builders rejected, the same isbecome the head ofthe comer? Whosoevershall fall upon that stone shall be broken; buton whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him topowder." Here the chief priests and scribes say"God forbid" when they hear that this stonecan fall on the unbeliever. We are not writingabout these eternal doctrines failing, we arewriting of your belief. If you believe on thisstone when you are broken hearted and find itis a lively stone full of grace and truth, thisfoundation is never broken, you feel a greatpeace with God and rest in Jesus as yourSaviour. And then with this new faith in Jesusas your Saviour, you are not to just rest in thegrace of God but we are to learn of him andgrow in grace and the knowledge of him.Mathew 11 :25-30, "At that time Jesusanswered and said, I thank thee, 0 Father, Lordof heaven and earth, because thou hast hidthese things from the wise and prudent, andhast revealed them unto babes. Even so,F ather: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All 5
  6. 6. things are delivered unto me of my Father: andno man knoweth the Son, but the Father;neither knoweth any man the Father, save theSon, and he to whomsoever the Son will revealhim. Come unto me, all ye that labour and areheavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take myyoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meekand lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest untoyour souls. For my yoke is easy, and myburden is light." Not just wanting theknowledge of grace, but to learn how to pleaseGod and to be obedient to his will. We can beguilty of using our liberty for an occasion tothe flesh. In other words, our flesh can beginto believe that if salvation is by the grace ofGod (which is true) and we were already savedwhen Jesus shed his blood on the cross, thenwhy labor to please him. God forbid! InHebrew 6:6-7 it reads, "If they shall fall away,to renew them again unto repentance; seeingthey crucify to themselves the Son of Godafresh, and put him to an open shame. For theearth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oftupon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for themby whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing fromGod ..." Why should we put this Christ to anopen shame by not loving him and serving himwillingly as he laid his life down for us? When .:~-we get in this state, this is when this stonebegins again to punish us and purge us whohave fallen from our steadfastness. An 6
  7. 7. example of this is found in Mathew 18:23-35,"Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likenedunto a certain king, which would take accountof his servants. And when he had begun toreckon, one was brought unto him, which owedhim ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as hehad not to pay, his lord commanded him to besold, and his wife, and children, and all that hehad, and payment to be made." In this parable,this man was forgiven an impossible debtwhich he had whereof not to pay and he is nowfree, at liberty, and rejoicing in Christ and thegrace foundation, in his belief, is forever. But,in his liberty, he feels justified and without sinand becomes lifted up in pride and does notrealize that he is to have the same mind of Godtoward his brethren. He is no longer of abroken spirit and begins to feel his cornerstoneis in keeping the law as well as also seeing to itthat his brethren are to live righteous lives. Hehas changed his cornerstone from grace andmercy and now his cornerstone becomes abook telling others what they must be to havehis fellowship. He even feels in his mind thathe must punish the evil doers. So now, onceagain, the cornerstone of mercy falls on hiscornerstone and grinds it to powder and he isback under the ten thousand talent of debt andstill has ought to pay. This was spoken by Godto his disciples and still holds true today. Theapostle Paul, one of Christs apostles, was very 7
  8. 8. mindful of his Lords commandments as isshown in his writing to the CorinthiansChurch. 1 Corinthians 3: 10-13, "According tothe grace of God which is given unto me, as awise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation,and another buildeth thereon. But let everyman take heed how he buildeth thereupon. Forother foundation can no man lay than that islaid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any manbuild upon this foundation gold, silver,precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Everymans work shall be made manifest: for the dayshall declare it, because it shall be revealed byfire; and the fire shall try every mans work ofwhat sort it is." 8
  9. 9. THE HEAD OF THE CORNER By: Elder Don Ell;
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