February 19, 2014

Lapis Angularis, shown as Christ, is the cornerstone of our precious human foundation, in our lighted way back home.

So this is what the Sovereign Lord 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.” (Isaiah 28:16)

In Acts 6:11, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20: 17, and 1 Peter 2:7 the Scripture says that "the stone that the builders rejected hath become the cornerstone". In these places the cornerstone is described in a rather cumbersome phrase: lapis qui in caput anguli factus est - "the stone that has been made into the head of the corner".

The verse in 1 Peter is part of a more extended metaphor of Christians as the building-stones of the church. One verse earlier Jesus Christ is described as "the chief Corner Stone" ; the Latin here for cornerstone is lapis angularis. In Ephesians 2:20 the recipients of Paul's letter are told that they "are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone"; here again the Latin is lapis angularis.
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