1 PETER 2:1-9
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
- Peter begins with a comparison to newborn infants. Why does he do this? How are we to be like newborn infants?
- His next image goes from babies to stones. Who is the first stone Peter talks of, and then how are we stones?
- Even if there is confusion about what Peter is telling us we are, there is the impression that it is special. What sort of words does he use that highlight our place in God’s plan?
- All of God’s people are included in his call. The “priests” are no longer a select few. What are ways that you can “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you” in the places God has already put you in life?
ARISE & SHINE
The people who received this letter faced persecution for their faith or had those sorts of trials in the near future. They were sure to feel rejected. But there is great consolation to know that Christ himself was rejected. We are to identify with him and Peter tells us that like Jesus, we won’t be put to shame. For those who believe we are built into something marvelous, a new spiritual house, and the Spirit of God dwells in us. The Spirit will brings us strength and peace in hard times, and the Spirit leads us out to do the work of Jesus Christ in the world.