A Chosen Generation
1 Peter 2:8-12
Peter is writing to Christians who have been persecuted for their faith. He is trying to encourage each one to remain faithful to the Lord, even in the midst of persecution. As we survey the world today, things have not changed much! As a matter of fact, there may be more persecution of Christians today, than ever before. Listen to these alarming facts:
Thank God for our freedoms in this wonderful country as we have just celebrated out independence, and freedom of religion. Our prayer ought to be, "Lord bless this great country, and keep us free to worship you in spirit and in truth.
Last week we introduced a section in this epistle, which described the privileges of the Christian. If you will remember, this section gives us what God does for us. We saw that we have access to the Lord, for we are the little stones, and He is the giant rock. We also saw that Christianity is the only movement whereby the followers and the leader actually become one. We are one with the Lord. He is the Head of the Body and we are the body of Christ. He is the vine and we are the branches. He is the Bridegroom, and we are the bride of Christ. You will never find that in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Mormonism, or Jehovah's Witness. We have a precious Savior who loves us, and brings us to Him. This is access, and unity with the Lord.
We could also say that Peter is using the approach of a kaleidoscope. Have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope? If you have, you will see the same rocks, but given in many different shapes. That is what Peter is doing in these verses. He is giving the same truths in different words, which makes such a wonderful description on the benefits and blessings of the Lord! And then Peter goes into more admonitions and commands or duties in verse eleven. But let us pick up our study in verse eight.
1- The fate of the unsaved
8 And a stone of stumbling, ...
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