Acts + Letters Lesson 9 Day 4

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1 Peter 2:4-10

Questions

God’s chosen stone and his chosen people

9. Come to Jesus, God’s chosen and precious Living Cornerstone.

Peter’s picture here is that God is building a spiritual temple (a spiritual house) using living stones (Christians), those who have come to the ultimate living stone (Jesus). (Enduring Word)

Peter quotes Isaiah who first prophesied concerning Jesus as being a foundation stone…Isaiah 28:16. Daniel spoke of Jesus as being a stone that was cut without hands that destroyed the feet of the image (Daniel 2:34; 45) Zechariah also spoke of Jesus as a stone (Zechariah 3:9; 4:7) (AWMI Living Commentary)

God also honors those of us who believe as living stones. Together, “we build up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5

Peter uses the word translated precious five times in this letter. In 1 Peter 2:6, he uses the Greek word entimos which means valued. (Strong’s Concordance)

When Charles Spurgeon was 16 years old, he preached his first sermon in a village cottage to a handful of poor people, and he chose for his text 1 Peter 2:7: “Unto you therefore which believe He is precious.” Spurgeon said that he didn’t think he could have preached on any other Bible passage, “but Christ was precious to my soul and I was in the flush of my youthful love, and I could not be silent when a precious Jesus was the subject.” (Spurgeon)

The disobedient builders rejected Jesus, the source of life. To them he became a stumbling stone and a rock of offense.

David and Isaiah both prophesied that Jesus would be a stumbling stone (Psalms 118:22-23 and Isaiah 8:14-15), and Jesus applied these prophesies to Himself (Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, and Luke 20:17-18). Peter also quoted the Psalms passage and applied it to Jesus during his sermon on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 4:11-12). (AWMI Living Commentary)

10. a. Jesus is a cornerstone to those who believe in him and a stumbling stone to those who reject him.

The chief cornerstone of a building is the plumb line from which all the rest of the building is measured. Likewise, Jesus is the standard that all who reject Him will be measured by. (AWMI)

Jesus is the foundation of our faith. Israel as a whole rejected Jesus as the Messiah promised by God through his prophets.

b. No one can remain neutral about Jesus.

Because Jesus became the sacrifice for people of every nation, there is no other way to be born from above.

Many believe all religions worship the same god. I read an article today about friendships that were life-changing. One of the three stories is about a friendship between an evangelical Christian and a man from Iran. The Christian man says was anti-Muslim but now he believes that each person of faith has their own relationship with God, and that our faiths are about trying to be better people.

We can and should love all people, even when they are our enemies or persecute us. However, in John 14:6 Jesus plainly says — “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”

So, we must love without compromising the truth.

11. New Testament believers are in a category all their own.

  • God’s chosen people
  • A royal priesthood — both kings and priests, unlike the former covenant of kings with physical authority and priests with spiritual authority. (AWMI)
  • A holy nation, a new race—God grafted in the Gentiles who believe Jesus is their Messiah.
  • God’s special possession
  • He called out of darkness to enjoy his marvelous light and proclaim abroad his excellencies. (Wuest NT)
  • People of God—Once we weren’t God’s people, but now we are.
  • We have received mercy.

“The description of the Church is systematic and exhaustive. It is a race, and this suggests its life principle. It is a priesthood, and so has [the] right of access to God. It is a nation, and so is under His government. It is a possession, and so is actually indwelt by Him.” (Morgan)

What an honor that God chose and purchased me.

He calls me his special possession, and I pray his marvelous light shines through me to others. (Matthew 5:16)

 


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