[Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.] 1 Peter 2:4-10 NKJV.
That scripture is truly a lot to take in. Have you ever thought that you were a living Stone? God’s word has so much to offer and I truly marvel at the unfolding of every scripture that brings illumination to us.
The scripture says that Jesus, was chosen by God and precious. He was born and lived among men as a living Stone that was rejected by the same men he came to save. Whether you’re old or young, we are living stones as well, being built into something great; a spiritual house from the family of the deity of God. Our spiritual sacrifice is our heart that is offered freely to God and it is acceptable to him because of the eternal sacrifice of Jesus. Through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, God has shown us that he has laid a Chief cornerstone in Zion, the pinnacle of the promised land, the Kingdom of God. The scripture says, “Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion…” Revelation 14:1 NIV. That Chief Cornerstone, the lamb, Jesus, forms the base of our relationship with God, joining us to him. And we depend on Jesus for that important connection, and as long as we trust and believe in him we will never be put to shame because “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NIV). All who rejects Jesus will see that he is a stone that will cause them to stumble and fall, because they cannot build a relationship with God without acknowledging Jesus as the Chief cornerstone of connection. But for those who accept Jesus and believe in him the bible says “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12 NIV
An important thing to remember is that we are all God’s children, which means that whether disobedient or obedient, we were all appointed to the Word of God. After all, we were formed and received the breath of life, so that we can establish dominion over all the world, that the word has created. Funny thing! If you remove the letter ‘l’ from the word ‘world’, you are left with the ‘word‘, in which the scripture tells us that we were appointed to. Isn’t that amazing! What sets us apart and causes us to become Children of God (yes, there is a difference), is that for us who believe or are coming to Christ, the scripture (1 Peter 2:9-10) says that we are considered, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy“.
After rejection, suffering, and bearing all our sins, dying and being raised from the dead; Christ is still advocating for us, day after day, because we are his own. He is embedded in the very living word that our faith is founded and grounded upon, and I am eternally grateful to be a living stone with Christ as the Chief Cornerstone.