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Is Our House Plumb?: Building a Spiritual House (9 of 16)
Series: Living in a Stable Economy
1 Peter 2:4-8
April 10, 2011
The passage at which we are looking this morning is the basis for the title of this message series.
You know by now that the stable economy to which I am referring is the economy of the kingdom of heaven experienced on the earth versus the UNstable economy of this world.
You also know by now that the word "economy" means "household management."
TEXT: 1 PETER 2:4-8
Peter is using temple imagery here to show these social and spiritual exiles that the Old Covenant was fulfilled in Jesus and now these Christ-followers get to enjoy what only the priests did in the Old Testament.
Peter is telling them that because of their commitment to follow Christ, they are being built up as a "spiritual house."
He also says in 4:17 that we are the "household of God."
The question I want to pose this morning is, "What kind of house are we building?"
But before we get to that, I want us to try and grasp the content of what Peter is communicating here and what it would have meant to the recipients of this letter.
First I want to talk about the phrase "as you come to him."
This is a continuation of the previous verses that speak of us having a hunger or craving for pure spiritual milk.
So, because we have a hunger for the things of God, we will come to him; yea "run" to Him.
This is not a "one-time" occurrence.
This is a continual coming to Him.
It means to draw near to hear Him speak or to draw close to Him.
Regardless of whether or not these recipients were primarily Jews or Gentiles, they would have understood this privilege about which Peter is talking.
Only those who were from the lineage of Aaron, Moses' brother, and then eventually from the tribe of Levi, would have been afforded the blessing and privilege of coming to God.
The priests were the only ones who had direct access to God.
They also represe ...
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