The Living Stone | 1 Peter 2:4-8 | Short Devotion

Do you know that the believers of Jesus form the temple of God? Peter in his writings tells us that Jesus is the living Stone. Peter then brings our this beautiful analogy of believes too are living stones and we are build into a spiritual temple with Jesus. So we have great this privilege of worship.

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1 Peter 2:4-6

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual houseto be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

So what do we understand from this passage? 1 Peter 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone….

Christ Is The Living Stone

Peter quotes three OT scripture here from v 6-8 and Peter relates those stones as Christ.

1 Peter 2:6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” This is from Isaiah 28:16.

1 Peter 2:7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” This is from Psalm 118:22. Later Jesus quoted this same verse: Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

1 Peter 2:8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. This is from Isaiah 8:14

When Peter connects the usage of stone in the OT to the sayings of Christ, he understands the stone is Christ. Writing to the believers in Rome, Peter is telling Christ is the living stone.

When Peter says Christ as the living stone. He is also reminding that the OT temple was made of dead stones and it is destroyed now. The only way to approach God is through Christ the living stone. Then the whole section speaks that if Christ is the living stone, we who believe in Christ are all living stones built with Christ into a spiritual house.

Humble believers also like Christ have become the living stone. You get the picture of a spiritual temple here with Christ and the believers as living stones.

The Living Stone Was Rejected

1 Peter 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him..

Now Peter is telling us that Jesus is the rejected stone, rejected by men. Both by the Roman and Jewish authorities. Christ is rejected by men but in the sight of God is chosen and precious.

Remember Peter is writing to believers in the Roman Empire who are rejected both by the Roman state and by the Jews. Peter has already spoken in chapter 1 that we are exiles her. So we, the followers of Jesus sometimes can rejected by the world. However, you are chosen and precious to God. Aren’t you glad, that we are chosen by God and we are precious to him.

We Are To Come To Christ

1 Peter 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone….

Come to him means to draw near to God in worship. Peter already said that believers are the ones who are born again by the word of God. We are asked to drink the pure spiritual milk, which is the word of God to grow up in our salvation. So, all believers now enjoy this great privilege of drawing near to God in worship.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. This privilege to draw near to God was reserved only for the priests in the OT. However, through Christ we have the confidence to draw near to God and worship him.

As You Come To Christ, You Are Being Built Spiritually

1 Peter 2:4-5 4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual houseto be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

See the phrase come to him in v 4 and being built into a spiritual house. v 5. As we continually come to Christ (by worship, in prayer, in meditation of the word) we are continuously being built into a spiritual house. We are built up in our spiritual life when we come to God every day.

Paul says, “When we come to God, we also in turn build one another.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

So when we come to Jesus every day, we are built personally in Christ and also we end up building one another in the church. Personal devotion to Christ also increases corporate integration into the church.

Peter is presenting believers as a temple, where the presence of God dwells in us. So we are a temple where God dwells. Then we function in the temple as a priest. The priests offer spiritual sacrifices. What are those sacrifices?

Sacrifices In The NT

Romans 12:1, sacrifice is offering our bodies to God for his service.

Philippians 4:18, sacrifice was giving financial gifts to enable the spread of the gospel.

Hebrews 13:15 the sacrifice is singing of praise.

Hebrews 13:16, the sacrifice is doing of good and sharing our possessions.

Here in 1 Peter 2, the sacrifice is to love. Loving is not easy. It is tough to love one another. So the sacrifice is not to be deceitful, not be hypocritical, not be envious of others, and not slandering anyone in the midst of persecution. You are to love others even in difficulty.

Coming back, the OT priests served God in a building. We are built together with Christ into a spiritual building. We are to offer sacrifice to God.

You may say pastor, still my sacrifices may come short. I am not perfect in giving or loving or perfect in offering my body holy to God. See what Peter says: 1 Peter 2:4offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Your sacrifices may not be perfect, but it is acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sacrifice is perfect, so your sacrifice is accepted in Christ. Jesus covers all inadequacies of our acts of obedience. So the work of God by the Holy Spirit in us is accepted by God through Jesus Christ.

You can please God by offering spiritual sacrifices to him. You need to come to Jesus. We also need to be built in Christ with other Christians around you into a temple as a priest to offering spiritual sacrifices.

If You Are In Christ, You Will Never Be Put To Shame

1 Peter 2:6and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Paul says the same thing: Romans 10:11 Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame. This quotation is from Isaiah 28:16.

There will be no ultimate disappointment for those whose trust is in the living Stone, Jesus Christ. It is worth it to follow Christ. In spite of your difficulties and trials here, you will never be put to shame. Christ will honor you.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Christ is the cornerstone and the living Stone. We are built together in Christ as a holy temple. We are offer sacrifices to God. Our sacrifices are accepted because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross. If you put your trust in Jesus, you will never be put to shame. Amen. So come to Christ and be build every day of your life. God bless you.

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