11.16.2015

I Peter 2:4-12 | LCA Reading Plan

     "You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

     And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”

     Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”

     And,
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”

     They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
   
     But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
“Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”

     Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world."

I Peter 2:4-12 [NLT]
"He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light."
Reflection: Take some time to dwell on the significance of what it means to be a royal priest (those who have the authority to lead and carry out the ministry of the The Church), and in light of this calling, how is the Spirit leading you this week to proclaim through your words and works the goodness of God who has called you out of darkness and into His “marvelous light?"

2 comments:

  1. Something that strikes me, we do not receive our commissioning for ministry by man but from Christ alone. We, each and every one of us, are called to live out our lives as missionaries. We are His holy priests, given the authority to do the work of the church. No one sits on the sideline.

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  2. Some additional thoughts, when Peter says that they will stumble because they do not obey God's Word and that they meet the fate that was planned for them, I do not think that Peter is suggesting that we're all doomed as if this is our destiny. I believe he is saying that if we choose to live life our way, to follow our longings, we will miss out on God's blessing and his ideal life for us.

    Because of sin and because we live in a broken world, our fate is to live a simple broken life. The "Good News" is that our fate is not sealed. Because of Jesus and who He is, we can be freed of this slavery, the slavery of sin and brokenness.

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