Strangers & Aliens (1 Peter)

Jan 26, 2020 | Paul D. Johnson

Proclaim the Glory of Christ

Context

Peter is writing to displaced Christians in the 1st Century. They were forced to flee Rome and were under increasing persecution. The goal of the letter is to remind his readers that they could stay faithful under persecution and enjoy their salvation.

The focus in this passage is on Jesus Christ as the Cornerstone of the Church. Peter outlines the Lord’s glory and reminds his brothers and sisters that their hope is built on Him. And we too, can trust this truth. No matter where we live, and how uncomfortable things get, Jesus doesn’t change. His majesty and power never waver. Let’s set out to proclaim the glory of Christ!  

Key Scripture

1 Peter 2:4-10

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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