August 01, 2023 – Tuesday
1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
The living Stone in verse four in none other than Jesus Christ and the word for stone is not petros nor petra, but the Greek lithos (Strong’s G3037). Elliott’s Commentary states that, Jesus Christ is a carefully selected and hewn stone (lithos), specially laid as the first act in the work of building. He adds clarity to this when he writes, Neither petros nor petra could possibly be used of the squared wrought stone, but represent the native rocky unhewn substratum—part, or whole—which pre-exists before any building is begun, even before the “chief corner-stone” would be placed.
As we read through the two verses, we find Peter’s image here is one of God building a spiritual house (spiritual temple) using believers in the fundamental living stone Jesus as living stones to build it. How is it that we are living stones? It is because we are tied to Him through our faith. Clarke wrote, It is in union with him that they live, and answer the end of their regeneration; as stones of a building are of no use but as they occupy their proper places in a building, and rest on the foundation.
Each of us are members of a holy priesthood, with only Jesus as our mediator, the only mediator we need, before God. However, it is Jesus that unites us as believers into one single eternal temple and He bears the weight of all as the cornerstone. Our spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise are only acceptable, made acceptable, through Jesus Christ. Guzik states, Even a living stone cannot build something great for God as it sits all on its own. What God does in us together is important. He is building something out of us together. Thus, showing the need for following the dictum in Hebrews 10:25a, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.
I believe this goes well beyond the physical assembling together. Are we praying for one another, especially for our brothers and sisters who continue to walk in the faith in the midst of great persecution? Are we supporting those missionaries who carry the gospel to those who have not heard it or to those for whom it has been forbidden? Both may be ways of spiritually assembling together to assist in adding more living stones to God’s spiritual house.
Bottom Line: Live as the living stone you are in following Jesus as one of His.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Jesus is our/the cornerstone that You provided to us. Thank you for making us living stones when we believe He died on the cross paying the price for all our sins. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton