By The Jesus Bible
Peter, whose name means “rock” (Jn 1:42), reminded his readers that God sent Jesus to build a spiritual temple. During the reigns of King David and his heir Solomon, God arranged for a physical structure to be built where his presence would dwell. Now, because of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, all believers comprise God’s temple. His presence lives in people all over the world, not just in one building made of stone.
The ancient temple was spectacular in design and detail. The church — the community of believers in Jesus — is equally beautiful. Men and women who are alive in Christ gather to worship God, to proclaim and practice his Word, mobilizing to carry the gospel to those who do not yet believe in Jesus.
In ancient construction, the first stone set in place was called the cornerstone, and all subsequent work was built upon this key foundational element. Jesus is the cornerstone of the church, precious to those who believe. He is first in importance and the source of the church’s power, direction and purpose. He is a strong foundation — those who build their lives on the rock of Christ will endure (Mt 7:24 – 29).
Jesus, thank you for giving me the honor of being a part of your living temple. Help me to live in constant awareness of this responsibility. Amen.
1 Peter 2:4-7
4 coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. 5 You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Because it is contained in Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious: He who believes in him will not be disappointed.” 7 For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone,”
24 “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. 25 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes.
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