Reading the Word
1 Peter 2:1–8 (ESV)
1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
Understanding the Word
Peter urges his readers to continue to grow in their salvation through the “pure spiritual milk” of God’s word. As they do, the result will be the putting away of their sinful ways (e.g. malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander).
The word of God, and specifically the gospel, leads us to Jesus Christ, the chosen and precious cornerstone of God’s redemptive plans.
Applying the Word
It is incredible to think that God loved sinful mankind enough to send his Son into the world for our redemption. When Jesus came, he was largely rejected and was eventually crucified on a cross. Yet, this was the plan of God all along. Jesus had to die for our salvation. The stone that was rejected was the cornerstone of God’s redemptive plans.
It is also incredible to think that God takes the sinful people that would require his Son’s death and uses them for his glory. He takes us and makes us into a holy priesthood that we might offer acceptable sacrifices to a holy God through Jesus Christ. Sinners who were once far from God and hopelessly separated are now redeemed and pleasing to him. What amazing grace!
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