nature of Christ expressed in His strong and unchangeable being (the
Stone) and the purpose of God (to build a spiritual house) and their
duty and delight in serving Him.
AIM: That we
might be fully in tune with the purpose of God and aligned with Christ
in all we do that we be able to offer that which is acceptable to God
INTR: The first three verses of this passage
give a directive aimed at a qualified people – they which have “tasted
that the Lord is good” and so looks to ground prepared to received that
1. As a true preacher, Peter bore his message to a
people for whom he cared deeply in that he knew them to be precious
possessions of the Lord and in whom he had a vested interest.
would further desire that they know themselves to be a work of God in
His Grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord and for a specific purpose – to
offer acceptable sacrifices.
3. It is well then that we be examined
as to our relationship with Him, our connection to Him and the
devotional we hold towards Him – He is precious.
THESIS: As it is in the matter of
preeminence, Christ is declared to be precious and chosen (in His human
nature) in the sight of the Father to be the ultimate standard by which
all shall be tested and proven and it only follows that those built
thereon would esteem Him as precious above all else.
I. The Stone
to Whom we have come (v. 4)
1. No house will stand without a proper
foundation and such was the illustration of Christ with reference to the
house built on sand.
2. Where Christ is the foundation and the
standard to which all dimensions are followed, that house cannot fall
and so He is described as chosen of God:
3. There is an unmistakable
reference here to the Temple to which all would be familiar but
Peter uses the thought of “coming” in the sense of that which is
experienced of self-presentation without hope except in Him who is the
1) Chosen of God above all other alternatives proposed by
men in that He is infinitely superior, durable and unchangeable in
person and work!
2) Consider this by John Gill: “…this phrase denotes
the superior excellency of Christ to angels and men in the account of
God; being the brightness of His glory, the express image of His person,
the Son of His love, in whom he was always well pleased, and in Whom He
took infinite delight, considered both as His Son and the surety of His
5. Disallowed of men, even those who had made diligent search
of the scriptures but in the absence of faith – He was seen as such by
men such as Abraham and Moses!
II. His purpose for us (vv. 5-6)
1. Is first detected in the graphic description as lively or “living”
stones and so the relationship is stated – we are of the same material
1) As a spiritual house and so is the nature of the people of
God in the world and as they shall be through all eternity.
priesthood – note well the sanctification and function of the O. T.
priests and the continued reference to the Temple and its associated
3) And that acceptance is found in and by Jesus Christ.
2. This is one of many times a reference is made to: Therefore thus
saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a
tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that
believeth shall not make haste. Isaiah 28:16.
1) Paul in 32
Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the
works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 As it is
written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and
whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 9:32-33 and
2) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus
Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Ephesians 2:20.
idea of not being confounded is likewise derived from here with For I am
not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
Greek. Romans 1:16 as an example.
III. What He is to us (vv. 7-8)
1. Precious in the sense of being held in the highest esteem as compared
to the valuation given Him of God in being of perfection in quality and
2. To the believer He is more than a mere means to an end –
the one who will get us into heaven.
1) He is the end Himself and
having this treasure no other is desired.
2) It is to Him we are
fully given and delighted to be accepted of Him.
3) Two questions to
i. Do you believe? If the answer is yes then,
He precious above all else?
3. By comparison He is in whole or in
part rejected and there is really no difference there.
4. Could He be
a “stone of stumbling?”
1) We consider the offerings emanating from
the pride of men and note: And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a
stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of
Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
2) Compare the self-righteousness of the Pharisees and
3) Consider the frustration of the world as they
reject the various aspects of the presentation of Christ to us and the
4) Consider the stumbling at His Word and especially the
message of the cross.
IV. Who we are and why (vv. 9-10)
functional characteristics and privileges of God’s people:
chosen generation – a people of similar qualities and interest after the
divine design; they are one family.
2) A Royal Priesthood – Royal in
their relation to God and Christ and consecrated to Him for spiritual
service and sacrifice!
3) A Holy nation – having one head, agreeing
in manners and customs, governed by the same laws and the instilled
principles of Christ in us.
4) A peculiar people – The people of His
acquisition and are made His as: Who gave himself for us, that he might
redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people,
zealous of good works. Titus 2:14.
2. That we should show forth the
praises of our redeemer as one who has called us into the light of His
presence with full awareness of all He has done in effecting this so