Stone is a symbol used of Christ. It may be applied to Him in three ways, as—

1. Related to the Gentiles in final judgment (Dan. 2:34).

2. Related to the Church by reason of being (a) her Foundation (1 Cor. 3:11) and (b) Chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-5).

3. Related to Israel (Isa. 8:14-15; Matt. 21:44; Rom. 9:32-33; 1 Cor. 1:23; 1 Pet. 2:8). Note then in general: Since Christ did not come at first in the guise of an earthly king, He became a stumbling stone to

Israel; the Church is built upon Christ as her foundation and cornerstone; the Gentiles will be broken by Christ in judgment. Past, present, and future aspects of the symbolism become apparent here.

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