1 Peter 2:1-8

1 Peter 2:1-8 … As we begin chapter 2 of 1 Peter, we’re reminded again not to let the pesky chapter divisions interrupt the flow of thought coming from the Scriptures. The thought began in 1 Peter 1:23, “For you have been born again.” Based on that, because you have been born again, certain things ought to naturally follow and that’s what these verses in 1 Peter 2 will address. Because of your re-birth, there ought to be an outward behavioral change (v.1) and an inward desire for spiritual growth through the Word of God (v.2). The Word of God through Peter is now talking to believers … those who have accepted Christ as Savior and Peter uses a cornerstone metaphor to explain how the Church is built up in spiritual growth. Christ is the Cornerstone. The words “come to Him” in verse 4 convey a thought of coming spiritually in close, intimate fellowship with Christ. He is the Living Stone and believers also become living stones to build the Church for spiritual sacrifices, which are worship of course, and then, service to others in the name of Christ. That (becoming living stones in the Church), says Peter, is “precious value” for believers (v.5 and v.7). The tragic contrast are those who reject Christ and for whom there is no hope.

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