Summary: A spiritual temple requires a very specific kind of building material. It is to be built of living stones—the very lives of those who have become spiritually alive through faith in Jesus Christ. Such building must begin with Jesus for He alone is the foun
1 PETER 2: 4-6 [Renewing Hope Series]
JESUS CHRIST--THE CORNERSTONE
God has called us to the life of building, not destroying. After Peter has instructed us to rid ourselves of evil and to grow up in our salvation, he proceeds to tell us how to do that. After using the analogy of a baby who craves for milk, he now uses an analogy which is used frequently in the New Testament to illustrate growth in one's spiritual life, or the building up of the body of Christ--the church. It is the comparison of building a house.
Peter's analogy is more specific than merely building a house, it is the building of God's house, a spiritual temple. [The original temple was built by King Solomon under the first covenant of God with His chosen people. Under the New Covenant, the spiritual house or temple is being built by the Lord Himself.] A spiritual temple requires a very specific kind of building material. It is to be built of living stones--the very lives of those who have become spiritually alive through faith in Jesus Christ. And such building must begin with Jesus Christ for He alone is the foundation and cornerstone and each born-again believer who is a living stone in Christ's church. [Cedar, Paul. The Preacher's Commentary Series, Vol. 34 : James / 1 & 2 Peter / Jude. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 1984, S. 136]
I. THE LIVING FOUNDATION STONE, 4.
II. THE LIVING TEMPLE STONES, 5.
III. THE CHOICE CORNER-STONE, 6.
Verse 4 begins teaching on the important subject of God's living temple by referring to Jesus Christ as a "living stone." "And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,"
Peter says not only are we children in the same family, but we are stones in the same building. A physical building isn't the church--the body of believers is the church! We are the living stones.
People like to be on the church grounds at FBC. They enjoy the parking lot, fellowship hall, and the sanctuary. Why? It's not because the grounds are anything special. It's because the fragrance of the church is left behind. These buildings are nothing more than buildings. But because the church worships, prays, studies and fellowships with the Lord here, this place is filled with the fragrance of Jesus.
The church of Jesus is made up of believers who have come to Christ and founded their life upon Him. The participle's tense and voice indicate that this coming is to be a personal and continual approach. It is an intimate association of communion and fellowship between believers and their Lord. The church is made up of those who have come to Christ and who are continually coming to Christ.
This continual coming indicates they continually fellowship [abide in] with Jesus Christ, the living Stone. In 1:3 Peter referred to a "living hope" and in 1:23 to the "living . . . Word,"now he referred to Christ as "the living Stone." Peter developed and explained the metaphor of the stone in the following verses. Here he said this Stone is living. It has life in itself and gives life to others. People may enter into personal, vital relationships with this "living Stone." He is the living stone because He conquered that which kills, steals and destroys --sin, death, and the grave.