"May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me." - Jesus, John 17:23

1 Peter 2:4-10

A few things to note in this passage:

  • The Bible is filled with many metaphors for the church (or community of Christians)  In this short passage alone we can find at least five (maybe more) – living stones, a spiritual house, holy priesthood, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.  As we seek to build biblical, multi-ethnic community, it is very important that we study these metaphors to learn how we are to think about our relationships with one another.

Click here to learn the author, date, theme, etc. of the Book of 1 Peter.  Have a thought about this passage? Please add your comment at the bottom. Some sections which are especially significant when discussing biblical, multi-ethnic community have been highlighted in blue.

1 Peter 2:4-10

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you 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. 6For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[a] 7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,[b][c] 8and,
“A stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”[d] They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
  2. 1 Peter 2:7 Or cornerstone
  3. 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
  4. 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14

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