1 Peter Ch 2 Verses 4-12

4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[a] 7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,[b][c] 8and,
“A stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”[d] They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

.  After we have accepted Jesus, we are slowly being changed by the Holy Spirit, in the sense of being built up to be one of Christ. Would the spiritual sacrifices be the people we bring to know Christ? Here is a quote from Eric, who is going with me through The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and meeting up with me every week, “In regards to “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ,” you have to understand that from the same verse, Peter was writing about us being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.  A priest in the old testament offers sacrifices, burns incenses, ministers before the Lord and acts as a judge before people for disputes, so now that we are also called holy priesthood, we are acting as priests for the Lord. Although it doesn’t mean we are to cut up an animal and sacrifice it on the altar or burn incense, it means that we are to offer our bodies, our time, our efforts, our desires, our energies, and give them all up to God as “spiritual sacrifices,” which pretty much means we offer ourselves to God completely, so that He may use our bodies and our resources at His disposal, and trusting that He will provide and guide us. Just as Jesus had taught us in the gospel of Luke, chapter 9, verse 23, If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

If we are offering ourselves to God first and use it for His glory, Peter is saying we are giving our spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only one that enables us to do these things.”

. So the spiritual sacrifices in the passage would mean the time we spend dedicated to God, through our Bible reading, through our daily devotions, and even the times we praise Him while walking home after tennis!

.Jesus is the stone God put into our world, and whoever so believes in Him shall never lose God’s grace and undying love for us. But to those who reject Jesus, the capstone of our lives, which is the protective stone that goes on top of buildings, they will not be saved.

.  Once we were alone, but now that we have accepted Jesus as our savior, we are now brothers and sisters in Christ. We were once lost in the darkness of the world, but after we accept Jesus we begin to see the light that is God’s love for us, and we become those lights in this world. We have accepted God’s grace.

.  In this time we are temporarily living on Earth, we should abstain from the desires and temptations of this world and to live a life glorifying God, so that the people who do not yet believe and begin to persecute us Christians will be able to see the difference it makes after we accept God into our hearts. When judgement day comes, their hearts may be changed to accept Jesus.

.  God sent Jesus to die for us on the earth so that whoever believes in Him shall be with Him in eternal life. God also uses the Holy Spirit to begin changing us after we accept Jesus, so we may spread the Gospel to others and live our lives glorifying God. He is writing this to tell us that the ones who believe in Jesus will be saved, and live an eternity with Him in heaven, but for the people who chose to reject them they will spend an eternity away from God, which is hell. For the believers we were chosen by Him to pass on the great news of Jesus, and He also tells us that earth is just a temporary home for us, the real home being Heaven. We shall be the light in this world and carry the Holy Spirit within us so we may bring others to know Him.

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