God's Gift, A Living Stone: The Precious One
I Peter 2:4-5
December 12, 2010
INTRODUCTION: According to 1 Peter 2:3, at salvation, all believers experience how gracious the Lord is to those who trust Him.
1 Peter 2:3, "Now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."
It was, indeed, at Christmas that God gave His greatest gift, the Lord Jesus Christ; Immanuel, God with us.
If you have a television, you were probably brought to tears recently as you joined the world in watching the miners rescued in Chile. It was an amazing moment each time a miner came to the surface! Watching the emotions and hearing the final speech of the Chilean President was truly moving. However, he made one statement that stood out to me. Speaking to the miners, he said, "When our day of judgment arrives, we trust and hope you will all be here to rescue us." We understood his emotions, but some vital truth was missing.
"The majority of the world believes that some type of judgment, by some god or spirit, is in the future. Because of this, they live in continual fear, utter darkness, and personal anxiety for their entire lives. They hope their offerings to idols and spirits will be the source of their rescue."
Mike Wright, UPG
Isaiah 9:2, "The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
1 Peter 2:9b says, "that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."
I. THE SAVIOR: GOD'S PRECIOUS ONE. 4
A. LIVING STONE.
"coming to Him as to a living stone" – Peter uses a metaphor of a living stone to identify the One to Whom believers come, Jesus Christ. The O.T. designates God as the only rock, the foundation and strength of His people (Deut 32:4,31). In the N.T., Jesus Christ is the rock and the stone on which the church rests. Peter's image is of a stone that was perfectly designed, shaped, and hewn ou ...
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