A living stone

Re: Verse reading–1 Peter 1:13-25; 2:1-10 (day one)
“The grass withers, the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever. . .Therefore. . .coming to Him as to a living stone. . .you also as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house.”  (1:24-15; 2:4-5)  Unfamiliar talk for most moderns.  Easy place to “get lost”.  Peter is talking about things that perish.  Our responsibility in this world of constant change?  To build our lives on Christ as the new foundation!  Come to him is a “living stone”  Powerful/confusing paradox. “Stone” symbolizes something solid and unchanging.  “Living” suggests change and growth, flexibility.  Jesus is both!  Alive but never dying.  Soft and strong– at the same time.  Makes me wonder how much of this thinking came to Cephas when Jesus named him Peter (=rock).  See Matthew 18.  Only Christ can be both alive and eternal.  Only Christ can build our lives into something eternally, permanently good.  In Him we become “living stones”, too.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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