Rejecting your salvation

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The stone that the builders rejected

    has now become the cornerstone. Psalm 18:22

‘The stone that you builders rejected

    has now become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:11

Peter had just been arrested by the temple guard and taken before the highest council of religious leaders in the land. This was not just the local church board of elders, it was the center of power and control of the Jewish nation in its headquarters in Jerusalem in the temple that Solomon built. These were the guys in charge of the scriptures — the oracles of God — and the interpretation of those scriptures to the people. They were also the highest court in the land; they judged all factors related to the Jewish people. They were, therefore, speaking for God to the people. They were the voice of God. And Peter had the nerve to tell them they had just rejected the most important Jew in the history of the world — the very one they and their ancestors had been waiting for for generations. This was the Holy One, the Promised One, the One who was going to save them from Roman rule and establish His eternal kingdom, and Peter was announcing that they had not only rejected this Holy One, they had killed Him. 

They’d been working on building the building since Abraham, waiting to fit the cornerstone in without which they could never finish, but when the cornerstone showed up, they rejected Him. Jesus was not their idea of the Messiah, and as a result, the finishing of the building would be handed over to non-Jews.

Peter indicted these leaders with one word. He changed one word of scripture and laid the responsibility of the death of the promised Messiah on them. They would have known the scripture. It was a prophetic passage from the psalms of David. Whether they knew it was prophetic or not we don’t know for sure, but Peter certainly made it prophetic when he announced that it was fulfilled.

The passage, as they knew it was, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22). The passage as Peter quoted it went, “The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone” (Acts 4:11) Big difference. They would have noticed it. When “the” becomes “you,” you are getting up close and personal. Peter was laying the blame for the death of the Promised One on them. But he also went on to announce that they had also done us all a big favor. They had murdered the Son of God, but the Son of God had to die in order to save the human race. Someone had to kill Him. They might not want to claim responsibility, but they had to realize that it was done, and in the undoing of the Messiah, the world had access to forgiveness. This was much bigger than just the small nation of Israel huddled in Jerusalem — this was the whole world we were talking about. Because: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). In other words, you just rejected the cornerstone upon which the whole building of the kingdom of God would be built, and, by the way, thank you very much, because now we … and you, yourselves … can be saved, not just from Roman rule, but from the rule of sin in our lives and towards the establishment of His eternal kingdom.

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3 Responses to Rejecting your salvation

  1. John A Fagliano says:

    Wisdom of man: You can’t save sinners. They’ll reject you.
    Wisdom of God: Exactly! And that’s how I’ll save them.

    • Sandie says:

      A gentle reminder John…WE don’t save anybody. It’s an unnecessary burden we place on ourselves which leads to feelings of failure when our message is rejected. Only Jesus saves; and His agent is The Holy Spirit working and speaking through us.Our only responsibility is to be available when The Spirit presents opportunities. Remember – our most convincing witness comes through our actions first; then our words. In Christian Motorcyclists Ass. I learned I had to “earn the right to speak.” A wise elder once posed this question to me, “How can you convince someone you want to spend eternity with them, if you can’t find time to spend with them (just being a friend) here on earth?” Remember that we won’t always see the fruition of the seeds we sow, and you have to become OK with that. Remember we’re only the vessel…it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to attract and convict. So, just do what’s in front of you – no matter where you are or who you are with. Move where His feet lead you; stop when He stops. Then, see with the eyes of Jesus; hear with His ears. Feel with the heart of Jesus; touch with His hands. So then, our first responsibility is keeping our own relationship with Jesus alive and constantly growing…and out of us will flow the very Life of Christ. Remember the Israelites trying to keep manna overnight when they were explicitly told not to (except for the Sabbath)? We can’t depend on past glories and blessings to sustain us or anyone else. After all, who wants to eat rotten manna? I am sharing these thoughts in all humility. Blessings to you always.

  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    Amen to a good Catch. ❤

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