And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;…
The structure is in process of growth. It is not finished — the copestone has not been put upon it. The scaffolding occasionally disfigures it; yet even in its immature state, and with so much that is undeveloped, one may admire its beauty of outline, and its graceful form and proportions. Vast augmentations may be certainly anticipated; but its increase does not mutilate its adaptations, for it grows as "being fitly framed together." A structure not firm and compact is in the greater danger of falling the higher it is carried; and "if it topple on our heads, what matter is it whether we are crushed by a Corinthian or a Doric ruin?" But this fabric, with walls of more than Cyclopean or Pelasgian strength and vastness, secures its own continuous and illimitable elevation. Provision is thus made for its increase, and without breach or delapidation it rises in height.
(J. Eadie, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;