Cornerstone is another of the messianic names of Jesus (Yeshua‘). The Hebrew word pinna is used in Isaiah 28:16 of a foundation stone in a building. The New Testament verses describe Jesus as the most important foundation stone for the church. Some Bible versions call Jesus a precious cornerstone. He was also thoroughly tested through all that He suffered.

Jesus should be both the foundation of all we do, but also the final stone holding it all together. The NIV translates a similar name of Jesus as “capstone.”

While excavating Nineveh, archeologists discovered cornerstones to some buildings inscribed with the royal name. God wants His church to be so devoted to Him that when unbelievers look at the church they will see the character and attributes of God in His people.

Cornerstone in Hebrew:


Strong’s Concordance number: 6438

Bible reference: Isa. 28:16

Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.”
(Isaiah 28:16)

A name of Jesus pictured in the Greek text: Cornerstone in 1 Peter 2:6.

Cornerstone in the Greek text of 1 Peter 2:6.

Cornerstone in Greek:


Strong’s Concordance number: 204

Bible references: Eph. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:6 (which quotes Isa. 28:16).

The church has “been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:20)

A very similar messianic name for Jesus occurs in both Testaments. He is called the Chief Cornerstone. That name might liken Jesus to a cornerstone at the top of a wall corner.