Stumbling Stone? Or Living Stone?

In 1 Peter 2:6-8, Peter quotes Isaiah 28:16 as he declares Jesus to be the chosen and honored cornerstone. Jesus is precious to the Father and to the faithful.

No one who believes in Him, even if they are being persecuted, will ever have a reason to feel shame. Everyone who believes in Him will have the joy and the honor of being part of His holy people. The persecuted Christians should not feel ashamed of their persecution.

Like these Christian were being rejected by the antichristian culture, Jesus was also “rejected by men.” In God’s sight Jesus is “chosen” and “valuable.” Jesus Christ as a living stone is a reminder that He is the Risen One able to give life to His people.

1 Peter 2:6-8 For it is contained in Scripture: Look! I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and honored cornerstone, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame! So honor will come to you who believe, but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected— this One has become the cornerstone, and A stone to stumble over,  and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined for this.

Isaiah 28:16 the Lord God said: “Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable

1 Peter 2:6-8 continue the theme of Christ as “stone,” but instead of “living stone” He is here thought of as “a chief corner stone, chosen and honored.” (1 Peter 2:6).

Every person’s eternal destiny is determined by his or her attitude toward Christ.

Those who believe in Christ, who honor Him as God does, will not be put to shame (v. 6) but will share in the honor which God has given Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:7a). Those who refuse to believe in Christ will find him to be a stone over which they stumble headlong to eternal disaster (1 Peter 2:8).

By | 2017-11-05T20:13:53+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Hope|Tags: , |

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Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 20 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God’s blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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