11 “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11–12, NKJV)
The rejected stone of which Peter speaks is none other than Jesus Christ. Prophesied by David in Psalm 118:22, the apostle signals its fulfillment in the death and resurrection of Jesus. He is now the “chief cornerstone” of God’s temple, the church (Eph. 2:19-22). It is worth noting (for those who believe one can be saved without the church) that salvation is inextricably connected to the chief cornerstone of God’s church. Since salvation is in Christ, and He is the chief cornerstone of the church, one cannot be saved and not be a “living stone” in the spiritual house of God (1 Pet. 2:5). There is no “join the church of your choice” here. Instead, there is only salvation in Christ, who is the head of the church and its chief cornerstone. Without Christ there is no salvation. And, without the church, there is no assembly of saved souls. This helps explain why the Lord adds to the church those who are being saved (Acts 2:47). Salvation and the church of Christ cannot be separated.