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  • Joe Norton

A Living Stone (7/17/2022)

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.


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