Jesus gives us an extensive teaching using seven parable that all deal with the kingdom of heaven..
We are united to Christ; the living stones are joined to the cornerstone. In that way the church becomes the true house of God. Peter’s language is corporate. He thinks of the spiritual temple, not as the body of an individual believer, but as the body of believers, the company of those who are joined to Christ.
– Edmund Clowney (1917 – 2005)