April 24, 2013

Today you should read: 1 Peter 2:4-12

I hope you’re enjoying our study through Peter.  What a great book!  When you read today’s passage you stumble upon several word pictures that must be explained.

Why is Christ the Cornerstone of God’s Temple?

The temple was the place where God dwelt.  A few months ago I had the incredible privilege of traveling to Israel, and while in Jerusalem I visited the Wailing Wall.  This is the closest point you can get to where the Holy of Holies was – the place where God dwelt.  Now we know that God is omnipresent – everywhere at once and that He lives in all believers through His Spirit – but there was something very special about being in a place where the glory of God resided.  To this day if you address an envelope to God – that is where they deliver it.

TP @ the Western Wall

A picture of me praying at the Western Wall

Verse four reminds us that Jesus is the LIVING cornerstone to God’s temple.  The cornerstone is what the building is built on – it’s what holds it all together.  Jesus is that stone in God’s plan for the world

Why are followers of Christ living stones?

God has, by His grace, allowed us to be a part of his  plan for the world.  Jesus is the cornerstone – but you and I are living stones – we a part of it all.  We must trust Him and recognize the honor God has given Him (v.7).  Even though others rejected Him, God made Him the cornerstone (v.7b).  God has made us His chosen people – royal priests – a holy nation.  He’s called us out of darkness and sin into His wonderful light (v.8)

Because of this, we are temporary residents of this world – this world is not our home – heaven is.  So we must be careful to not act like those who do not know God in our behavior (vs.11-12).

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “April 24, 2013”

  1. One of my favorite worship songs we sing at CPC is “Cornerstone” by HillSong United. It reminds me that Christ, and Christ alone, should be the cornerstone of my life. Amen!

    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus blood and righteousness
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame
    But wholly trust in Jesus name

    Christ alone; cornerstone
    Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
    Through the storm, He is Lord
    Lord of all

    When Darkness seems to hide His face
    I rest on His unchanging grace
    In every high and stormy gale
    My anchor holds within the veil
    My anchor holds within the veil

    Christ alone; cornerstone
    Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
    Through the storm, He is Lord
    Lord of all

    When He shall come with trumpet sound,
    Oh, may I then in Him be found;
    Dressed in His righteousness alone,
    Faultless stand before the throne.

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