A chosen people. 1 Peter 2:4-12. Guido 2011.6.15. The Living Stone.
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1 P. 2:4-5:As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus entrusted us to be the kind of person he was, and to do the kind of things he did.
He is the light, we are expected to be light to others. He is the Living Stone on which our lives are being built. In the same manner, our lives should serve as reliable foundations for others to start building up their relationship with God.
Gold or Straw? to the Father, he gave his disciples a final commandment: Go out, and make more disciples.
1 P. 2:5 “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
There is no need to go through the details of what is a spiritual sacrifice. Enough is to say that God gave us a very specific calling: To be His holy house, and a holy priesthood for Him.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15:“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
Jesus said, in John chapter 17 that we “are in this world, but we are not of this world”. So if we are not of this world, we shouldn’t live as if we were. We should not have the same priorities unbelievers have, we should not go after the things they go after. If we live the way unbelievers live, we are building a lousy building, for we are using the cheapest materials to build it: Wood, hay and straw.
We can choose to live like the world does, or to stick to the biblical pattern. We can choose to use gold, silver and costly stones to build Him a house He’ll be proud of, or we can give him the left-overs of or life. It is our decision what kind of house we build for Him.
A Heavenly Destiny can be very catchy as well. But what it looks like in the outside is not necessarily the real thing.
1 P. 2:7-10Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
In verse 9 it says: They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
And in verse 10, it goes on saying: “But you are a chosen people…”
The doctrine of divine predestination is rejected by many, however it is a biblical doctrine and cannot be ignored.
Romans 8:29-30: controversial: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”Ephesians 1:5, 11: ““He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
Romans 9:10-13 “…Rebeka’s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. Yet before he twins were born or had done anything good or bad –in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls –she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
Romans 11:5 “So too, at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace…”
Romans 11:28 “As far as the gospel is concerned, they (Israel) are enemies on you account, but as far as election is concerned, they are loved…”
Ephesians 1:11 “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
2 Timothy 2:10 “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain salvation…”
1 Peter 1:1-2 “…God’s elect…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God…”
2 Peter 1:10 “Therefore… be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure…”
There are many things we don’t know about God and his plans, especially regarding his foreknowledge and election, but Bible makes it clear that He did choose us before we even existed.
Because of this, we should be more grateful and fearful for our salvation.
1 P. 2:11-12 womb, I knew you: before you were born, I set you apart…”“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
Conclusion womb, I knew you: before you were born, I set you apart…”
The message of this sermon is clear: we have a responsibility.
We were chosen by him for a purpose. We are his chosen people, we are his holy priesthood, we are his elect… and so we have a responsibility, and that is, to live for him.