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Royal priesthood
Bible Passage 1 Peter 2:1-10
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in books 1 Peter, Ezra & .

Royal Priesthood

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 24, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 Therefore, having put away all wickedness, and all deceit, and hypocrisies and jealousies, and all slanders,

2 As newborn babes, yearn after the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow,

3 If you yourselves have indeed tasted that the Lord is gracious.

4 To Whom coming, as to a living Stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, and precious,

5 You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house—a holy priesthood—to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6 For this reason it says in the scripture, “Behold, I place in Zion the Cornerstone, chosen and precious; and the one who believes in Him shall never be put to shame.”

7 The preciousness is to you, therefore, who believe; but to those who disobey, the Stone that the builders rejected has become the Head of the corner,

8 And a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense; especially to those who stumble at the Word, being disobedient, unto which unbelief they also were appointed.

9 But you are a chosen stock, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a possession of God, that you might proclaim His excellent virtues, Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

10 Who once were not a people, but now are the people of God; who had not received mercy, but now have received mercy.

 

BACKGROUND
Verse 1 of today’s text is the continuation of the last verse of chapter 1. A person who loves other people will want to help them and say good things about them. The words that people use show what their spirit is like. Peter lists 5 evil things that Christians should remove from their lives; wickedness, deceit, hypocrisies, jealousy and slander.

Since believers are to exercise love towards each other, they must remove from their lives such attitudes and actions that hinder love. They were born into this new life through the Word of God, and the only way to grow is through feeding on that same Word (verse 2-3).

King Solomon built a temple in the city of Jerusalem about 950 years before the birth of Jesus (1 Kings 6-8). But an army from the country of Babylon destroyed the temple in 587 BC (2 Chronicles 36:19). Some Jews built it again about 70 years later (Ezra 3-6).

The cornerstone is the most important stone in a building. It is a very big, square stone, which has very straight sides. The builders put it at one corner of the building. Then they built the walls in a straight line from the cornerstone. They also built straight up on top of it. The building was then the right shape. The walls were straight. They did not lean or fall down.

People in general might see no worth in Christ and reject Him, but God sees Him as the chosen one through whom sinners have eternal life. Those who receive new life through Christ are likened to living stones who form a temple in which God is worshipped. They also form the priesthood that offers the worship (verse 4-5).
Christ is the chief cornerstone in this living building, and those who believe in Him will never be disappointed (verse 6).

The people of Israel, who were originally intended to build God a living temple, threw out the main stone when they rejected Christ. A rejected building stone lies in the way and becomes an obstacle to the builders, preventing them from doing their work as they should. In the same way Jesus Christ, whom the people of Israel rejected, becomes an obstacle to them, so that they cannot do what God requires of them. God has now taken this rejected stone and made Him the chief cornerstone in a new living temple, the Christian church (verse 7-8).

During the period of the Old Testament, Israel was God’s people, God’s chosen nation; but now all believers are God’s people, regardless of race. They pass from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. They have received God’s mercy, and their task now is to tell others about the great and merciful acts of God (verse 9-10; compare Exodus 19:4-6).

 

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Anyone who puts hope in Jesus Christ will never be disappointed. The one shall experience victory in the Lord.

🔷 The followers of Christ must put up an attitude that depicts Christ who called them out of darkness

🔷 Those who desire to have a fruitful and a fulfilling life cannot have that without Christ

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask for the grace and power of God to overcome every evil and immature attitude
💥 Pray that you are built up by Christ

CONCLUSION📙
From no where and the gutters, Christ accepts all people who hitherto were nobodies. In that life in Christ, they must maintain a new form by the love of the word of God while abhorring all evil attitudes.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections