Peter has greeted believers in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, Bithynia, and in a way, those of us here in this place. He said by following Christ, the Spirit has made us holy with an inheritance pure and undefiled. Peter acknowledges this life is fleeting and full of trials, but it is within our power, through the grace of God to grow into the people God wants us to be and it can be both satisfying and everlasting. In fact, in the following passage Peter describes the temple God is building with His people, including us, as the building material—living stones. Read Exodus 19:4-6. God sees His people in a role. What are we to be? How does the Exodus vision of God’s people stay consistent through this 1 Peter text? How might this change your vision of yourself and your brothers and sisters in Christ?
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,”
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
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Isaac Serrano is Lead Teaching Pastor of South Valley Community Church. He likes talking theology, history, and culture. Isaac lives in Gilroy with his family. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project and the school board of Pacific Point Christian Schools.