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JESUS CHRIST: THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE (1 of 6)
1 Peter 2:4-8
December 23, 2001
INTRODUCTION: According to 1 Peter 2:3, at salvation,
all believers experience how gracious the Lord is to
those who trust Him. That should compel believers to
seek more of that grace in pursuing His Word. A new
believer develops a desire for the truth of the Bible,
God's Word, by:
1. Remembering his life's source - 1 Peter 1:25
2. Eliminating sin from his life - 1 Peter 2:1
3. Admitting his need for God's truth - 1 Peter 2:2
4. Pursuing spiritual growth - 1 Peter 2:2 "grow"
5. Surveying his blessings - 1 Peter 2:3
I. THE LIVING STONE: OUR SAVIOR. 4
"Living Stone" - a metaphor and a paradox; metaphor
suggests strength and life simultaneously. It
emphasizes the continuing nature of the life of
Christ. Paradox in that "stones" are never featured
as living. Yet, here it emphasizes that Christ, the
"cornerstone" and "stone of stumbling" is alive from
the dead and has a living relationship with saved
A. SAINT'S PRIVILEGE. 4a
"coming to Him" - means to come with the idea of
remaining. Here it means to remain in Christ's
presence with intimate fellowship. (John 15:5-15)
B. SINNER'S PROBLEMS. 4b
"rejected indeed by man" (disallowed); past action
with results continuing indefinitely. Word means to
test or to examine with a preposition, which
establishes direction as being "away from." Having
examined the living stone some make a summary
judgment, pushing Him away. The word "rejected" is
borrowed from Ps. 118:12, which means to "lightly
esteem" to "despise." Both Hebrew and Greek words
reflect attitudes toward the living stone ranging from
light esteem to hatred.
The messianic credentials of Jesus were examined by
the false religious leaders of Israel and rejected.
John 1:10-11, "He was in the world, and the world was
made through Him, and the world di ...
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