COME TO THE CORNERSTONE.
I Peter 2:4-10.
"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of
men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are
built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is
contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner
stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be
confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but
unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders dis-
allowed, the same is made the head of the corner, A stone of stumb-
ling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word,
being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are
a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called
you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were
not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy."
Simon Peter changes the figure of speech at this point in his
passage. In the first chapter he has talked about the word of God.
Being like a seed that is planted in the soil. At the beginning of
the second chapter of his letter he talks about babies, or Christians
people as babies who are sincerely to desire the sincere milk of the
word. Now he moves the figure of speech and he begins to talk about
a stone, a living stone and living stones. Now this figure of speech
was especially familiar to Simon Peter. The Lord Jesus the first
time he ever saw Simon Peter said unto him, your name is Simon I
am going to change it to Cephas which means a stone. I think Simon
Peter when he heard that was absolutely amazed because Simon knew
that he was shifting sand and he was certainly not a stone. But
when Jesus said that, it captured the heart of Simon Peter. And
I think Simon ...
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