Summary of passage: Peter says Jesus is the living stone who was rejected by men and chosen by God and precious to him and so are we (Christians) living stones being built into spiritual houses and holy priesthoods. The stone (Jesus) is precious to believers as our cornerstone but unbelievers reject the stone and is now the capstone and a stone that causes those who disobey the message to stumble.
We are a chosen people, royal priesthood, holy nation, belonging to God, and called into the light from the dark. We are God’s people out of His mercy and aliens and strangers in this world. Abstain from sinful desires and live such good lives that the pagans will glorify God.
9) living, chosen, precious, cornerstone, capstone. Living is eternal life, not death. Chosen is preordained, not a randomness; planned out. Precious is highly valued and esteemed; of high price and cherished. Corner and cap are the descriptive terms attached to stone, which mean they are the key part. The cornerstone forms the base of the corner of the building and the rest of the blocks depend on it in order to stand. The capstone is a stone affixed on top of a building to cap it off; the final touches, achievement, stroke or culmination of the building. So here Jesus is both the foundation on which the building stands and its crowning achievement at the top.
I don’t like the use of the word rightly here. It implies there is a wrong way to respond, which if your heart is sincere, there isn’t.
10) Christ causes men to stumble because they disobey the message. It’s why we all stumble: we turn our backs on Jesus, God, and His word and follow our will instead of His will. Everyone trips up and falls but it’s whether we have Christ or not that determines if we are able to get back up and back on the right path–His path. Or if we will keep stumbling our entire lives.
11) Chosen people, royal priesthood, a holy nation, belonging to God, called into his light, people of God, received mercy. They are all important but I like holy nation because being holy allows me to be with God, righteously.
12a) If you are walking in Christ’s footsteps, you are living every day as an alien and stranger in this world for our home is in heaven, not on earth (see discussion HERE). We are God’s chosen people, separate from unbelievers, set aside for eternity. The Holy Spirit lives within us; therefore, we are different and our lives should reflect that. We live according to God, not others. Thus, we should live in every way as an alien and a stranger.
b) My missionary friend who truly walks with God every day. She shines with God and inspires me to do the same.
Conclusions: This lesson was only blase for me. We just got done studying this in my other bible study and I see nothing new here. It’s repetitive, which I know the Bible does a lot of so we mere humans get it, so it’s important. But could be my mood today. I guess I was hoping for more swords and shields rather than building analogies (I’m more of an action person rather than one who has the patience to design intricate buildings).