In 1 Peter 2:7 Peter quotes from Psalm 118:22, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” This relates to the problem of those who thought they were doing God’s will. These people thought they were the people of God. They were building their lives to be part of God’s family and be part of God’s kingdom. In building the way to God, they left out the most important piece, the perfect cornerstone. In an effort to come to God, they rejected the most important stone, Jesus. You cannot get to God without Jesus. You cannot have a relationship with God and draw near to God without Jesus. These people were building their lives to God, but they did not have the proper foundation. They did not recognize Jesus as the chosen cornerstone placed by God. You cannot come to God without building on Jesus. The apostles applied this point to the Jewish leaders who were attempting to find their own way of righteousness to God and had rejected Jesus. Notice what the apostle Peter said while standing before the Sanhedrin council:
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:11-12; ESV)
Even though we may reject Jesus as the cornerstone of our lives, he is still the cornerstone. Regardless of what you believe, Jesus is still the cornerstone that God has set in its place. You can build your life however you would like. But you will not find salvation with God except for a life built on Jesus. You can go your own way, but you are not going to find the way to God. The kingdom of God is built on Jesus. We must be aligned to Jesus if we are going to living stones in the spiritual house.
Notice the second quotation which is from Isaiah 8:14:
A stone that causes men to stumble, and a rock that trips them up.
You can reject Jesus, but you are building your life in such a way that will end up in disaster. You will not have the life that God wants you to have if you reject Jesus as the basis for your life. You are going to be tripped up. You are going to stumble. When your life is not built upon Jesus, you are going to find all sorts of problems and disasters. We get ourselves into so many messes because we are choosing to do things our own way. We are not aligning our lives to Jesus, the cornerstone. We think we know what is best for ourselves and so we think we can live our lives the way we want while claiming to be following God. But we are deceiving ourselves. A life not aligned to Jesus brings disaster. Notice the comment Peter makes on this quotation at the end of verse 8:
They stumble by disobeying the message; they were destined for this.
Those who do not believe in Jesus and follow the word he has given us are destined to stumble and fall. You and I are destined for problems when we reject the word and disobey. We are setting our life on a course for destruction when we reject Jesus as the cornerstone of our lives. Don’t put your life on the wrong course. If your life is going the wrong way, you have time right now to change course. It is time to tear down our lives that have been built on improper foundations. Now is the time to build a new life of Jesus, aligned to his will and word.