The Living Stone and a Chosen People
1 Peter 2:4-10
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men 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. For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,”
and, “A stone that causes men 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, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 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.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory, Romans 8:17.
But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree–some of the people of Israel–have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree, Romans 11:17
Being God’s child and living in the covenant of His love brings tremendous blessings. Many people spend their lives believing God wants them to have a low opinion of themselves or they are to suffer through life. Part of being a child is being adopted, grafted into a new family; a Royal Family. When a skin graft is performed skin is removed from one area of the body and placed on another part of the body. They become one. The part that was grafted in begins to merge. God does not become like us. We become more like Him. We become a new creature in Christ. We become a beloved child reconciled to the Father. Hearing those things, how does that make you feel? Does it make you feel differently about who you are? In the eyes of God, you are a child, a co-heir with Christ, a chosen person, a royal priesthood, etc…You are not more than or less than anyone else. You hold your own special place in God’s heart.
Key Notes About Nobility.
1. Nobles have been known to have pure blood. They have been able to trace their bloodline back generations. In Christ you are made new by the blood of Christ. You are considered a family member of Jesus by the Spirit of God. Your sins have been wiped clean.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! ~2 Corinthians 5:17.
2.Nobles have certain privileges. In Christ you may go boldly before the throne of God, Hebrews 4:16. You have been given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Jesus, Ephesians 1:3. You may ask God for what your heart desires. You are a beloved child. I expect my earthly father to respond when I ask for something I want, God is better than any earthly father. He may say no to requests that may harm us, but mostly He is generous. You may also boldly ask God to do things for others or the world; it’s called intercession.
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11:13.
3. Nobles walk in their identity. I’ve heard so many Christians speak poorly of themselves and call it humility. It’s not humility. It’s saying that God makes junk and that the finished work of Jesus on the cross wasn’t enough to transform us. We were made new, and we are being transformed into His likeness. Knowing who we are in Christ should not make us arrogant, but cause us to worship Him more. We rest in knowing that any good in us comes from God alone.
4. Nobles honor others. Part of nobility is treating others with dignity, respect, and kindness. Jesus had some moments with people that we would consider unkind (ex. rebuking the Pharisees), however God knows the heart of every person. Sometimes a rebuke is needed. Mostly throughout scripture we see Jesus displaying kindness and honor (ex. the Samaritan woman, and dealing with the woman caught in adultery). “Honor is what we give away because of who we are,” Danny Silk.
5. Nobles are concerned with justice and executing proper justice. The more time we spend with God the more fully we become in tune with His heart. He is not only perfect in love and mercy, God is perfect in Justice. He cares about the poor, widows, orphans, homeless, fatherless, hurting, sick, oppressed, and works through His children to bring justice to earth. You and I are partners with Him to bring justice.
So after reading these things do you see yourself differently? You have a special place in God’s Kingdom. You are not a worm on the floor in the palace. You are a beloved child. You are important to God. Some application questions to think about.
1. How can knowing who I am in Christ help me to fulfill God’s purpose for my life?
2. How can I honor others so they see God more clearly?
3. How can I partner with God for justice in the world?
4. What lies have I believed about who I am and how can I replace those lies with truth?