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1 Peter 2:4
4 To [pros] whom [hos] coming [proserchomai], as
unto a living [zao] stone [lithos], disallowed [apodokimazo]
indeed [men] of [hupo] men [anthropos], but [de] chosen [eklektos] of [para] God [theos], and precious [entimos], KJV-Interlinear
4 And coming to Him as to a
living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God,NASB
Peter is again
borrowing from two passages in the Old Testament.
16 Therefore thus says
the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly
cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not
22 The stone which the
builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone. NASB
The Messiah, the
Savior, The Lord is referred to as the foundation, the chief foundation, the
rock, the stone upon which all truth is laid.This is the one and same Jesus Christ.
Christ was rejected by
so many back in his day, and even throughout history, He has been rejected, and
replaced with other invented deities, which have no basis in fact whatsoever.
The stones of earthly
buildings are nothing more than rock, concrete and steel.They have no life, and offer no relationship
to anyone, for any amount of time.
All earthly churches,
temples, buildings or tents where people gather together, do not make up the
true church or congregational assembly areas, and they (buildings, etc.), offer
nothing sacred or holy.
The true church begins
with Christ.And coming to Christ is
often the reference for either salvation, or spiritual growth, for Christ is
the foundation of both.
Christ is the living
breathing God of all of eternity.In Him
is all of the power of deity, and life, and truth, and infinity.
Christ is the stone
which no creature can move, no creature can modify, no creature can alter,
reshape, or change in any fashion.
No other religion,
philosophy or belief of any kind, can achieve these things.
Since God is infinite,
then His value is also infinite, and the word for precious means extremely
valuable, or value beyond measure.
The Bible presents so
many examples and illustrations of value in the spiritual life and lack of
value in anything that is of this world, that people should get the picture,
and one would think, want to pursue doctrine and their spiritual life.
However, as babies who
know nothing but know that the milk is good for them, as animals who have only
instincts, but know the changes of the seasons, one would think that
intelligent man should be better able to recognize truth from lies.
But, in looking around,
you can quickly discover that humanity is filled with some of the most ridiculous
folks ever born, and yet man is still alive on this planet, when he should have
long ago, disappeared.But then, it is
not man who is setting his destiny, but God who is preserving humanity out of His
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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