Fourth in a series of studies in 1 Peter 2:1-5
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and
precious” (1 Peter 2:4).
That the Apostle Peter’s uses the word “stone” to refer to Jesus is no surprise since
both the Old and the New Testaments use this word to indicate something powerful.
And when it is used in reference to Jesus, it always denotes a massive rock, not a
small, throwing stone.
The word “coming” does not refer to a Christian’s one-time obedience of the first
principles of the gospel; rather, it refers to the regular, even daily, reliance on Jesus
for spiritual sustenance.
Not a lifeless piece of rock, Jesus is “living,” meaning He is a real, resurrected Savior
who will never die again. As well, He has brought spiritual “life” to all who will come
before Him in full submission to His will.
That people in the world have rejected Him is meaningless because His Heavenly
Father chose Him, once for all, to be the Savior of all mankind. To God, Jesus is
indeed, “precious,” as He should be to us.