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1 Peter 2:4-5 Christ is the Corner Stone

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

In these verses Peter was comparing the Jerusalem temple with the Body of Christ (believers).

Temple of God in Jerusalem

The Temple in Jerusalem, made out of stone, had a foundation and cornerstones.
King Solomon used very large stones as cornerstones for the temple, some weighing 80 tons, 39 feet long, and 7 feet wide.

Each cornerstone sets  the direction of the temple and it is the reference point for the temple.
The Temple was in the Mount of Jerusalem. In the temple there were priests along with one high priest,there were many sacrifices occurring daily.

The New Testament Temple:
In the New testament, believers are the temple of God: we are the priests, we are the sacrifices, and Jesus Christ is the foundation and cornerstone in our life.

Jesus Christ is the Living stone and foundation of a believers life.

God created Adam, the son of God, he created him in God’s likeness, to represent the invisible God by life. Adam failed spiritually, so God chose Seth (Adam’s son), then Enoch, then Noah and finally Abraham to represent the invisible God at different time through their lifestyle. From Abraham came Issac, then Jacob. God blessed Jacob and made a nation out of him. God called him Israel to represent the invisible God by his descendants:Israelite.Then again, they had failed, so in order to save the people from their failure and sins, God stepped into this world, and he had a fleshly body to dwell among men,He is  Jesus. He demonstrated the living God by his life. Whoever believes in him and obeys his words, they are like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Jesus Christ becomes the foundation and cornerstone in their life.

Result: He will by no means put to Shame.

1 peter 2:4

4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

Living stone:
Stone and rock means the same in the bible.
Stone or rock means the Truth or The Word of God. Jesus is the Truth and Word of God.

Jesus is the stone, He died and rose up from death, the stone became Living stone for us.

Rejected my men:

John 1:4,11

In him was life, the life was the light of man.He came to His own and His own did not receive Him.

Sanhedrin :Sanhedrin is the committee among Jews community who works for the spiritual welfare of the Jews. They are the builders of spiritual houses in Israel. They had rejected this Living stone, the Messiah. The son of God, the King, they had failed to use this Living stone as the foundation and cornerstone of their nation and their personal life.

Rejected by men but chosen by God:
How do we know that Jesus is precious to God? By his resurrection from the death.

You are precious: If Jesus Christ is your foundation and cornerstone , you are precious to The Father God.

Coming to him:Here peter  was not talking about the salvation, he was talking about the relationship, the deep intimacy with Jesus, when you are rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, you are able to share his strength and nature.

Coming to him means live a Christ centric life and to have His nature in our life. Love the Lord more than anyone and anything.Which means, your 1st priority goes to The Lord.

John 15:1  Vine and Branches.

I am the vine,which means, Jesus is the vine and believers are branches. It is the abiding relationship, Abiding faith. If you abide in the Lord like branches attached with the parent tree, you will bear fruits.
Jesus is the living stone ,Otherwise its called, In Christ. We are sharing his nature and strength. We are the partakers of his life, suffering, death and resurrection.
coming to him you also will become a living stones.

Revelation 2 :1-6  Letter to the Church of Ephesus

( The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven golden lamp stands  are the seven churches.)

To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place-unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Angel:
Angel means Messenger, Messenger of the church  is The Pastor of the Church ,he gives the light to the church. The main duty of a Pastor is to interpret the word of God and prepare believers to be productive.

The 7 lamb stand:
Seven represents a complete number, not perfect number, 7 is not the number of God, You cannot represent God by a number.
In Revelation 12, we can see a dragon with 7 head.So 7 is not a perfect number,there is no perfection in evil. We have 7 days in a week,so 7 is a complete number.

Lamp stand symbolizes the church.
Jesus is holding the stars and he is walking among the churches.

Paul’s 3rd missionary trip, he stayed 2.5 years in Ephesus and planted this church. Timothy was the pastor. After Timothy, came apostle John who became the pastor of Ephesus church.

Revelation 2:2-4

These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name?s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Church in Ephesus was a vibrant church, in human standpoint, great church, but Jesus had something against this church.

Their 1st priority goes to something else . something or someone else occupied the place of Christ in their heart.
They left their 1st love with Christ. They left their fellowship with Christ.
Busy with ministry failed to spend time in prayer, reading word and worshiping him.


Rev 2:5

 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place-unless you repent.

Jesus’s message to this church:

Remember what occupied or whom occupied the seat of the Lord in your life.
Repent and do the first work, that is to restore the relationship with the Lord.
or else,I will come quickly and remove the lamp stand.
We must know the position of the lamp stand . First verse says, Jesus is walking among the lambstand, Jesus walking among the church,believers are the church.I will remove the lamp stand, means I will not be moving  among this Church anymore. Can you imagine a believer without Christ? Can you imagine a fellowship without Christ?
It is like building our own life on the sand not on the rock.

Matthew 16: 15

 Jesus said to disciple , But who do you say that I am?
16 Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.17 Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Peter you are Pedros. you are a pebble and upon this pedra( big stone),meaning, Jesus Christ, on which I will build my church. And the gates of Hades shall not prevailed against us.

If you are the church,Is Christ, the foundation and cornerstone of  your life ?

power of hell will never be prevailed against us.Jesus Christ  is the Builder .

He knows your strength and he knows your weakness. When you are going through the construction process , he will never allow you to go through the molding process beyond your ability. You are in the hand of one who created you and the one who knows you better than anyone on this earth,

Conclusion Message:

Christ is your foundation and corner stone, your 1st priority is to spend time with Jesus Christ.

You are never disappointed or put to shame because He is the Cornerstone of your life
Power of hell will never be prevailed against you because Jesus Christ is the foundation of your life.
You will never be destroyed because Jesus Christ is your builder and your owner.
You will have encouragement in your trials, peace in your pain, strength in your suffering because He is your Creator and Your Lord, who knows you better than anyone.

You are so precious to God Because
Your life foundation and corner stone is Jesus Christ, You are  the temple of God, You are the Priest, You are the sacrifices, and you are the Holy nation.