This study features notes from Enduring Word.
1 Peter 2:4-5:
1. What is God building (v4-5)?
A spiritual house using living stones (Christians) who have come to the ultimate living stone (Jesus).
2. Why are Christians a holy priesthood?
God chose Israel and the church is also chosen. As much as Israel had a priesthood, Christians are a holy priesthood.
3. What’s the purpose?
God does the work of building but we do the job of offering sacrifices pleasing to him, as we come to Jesus as who we are – living stones made by him.
1 Peter 2:6-8:
4. How does Peter back up what he says?
Provides scriptures for evidence.
5. Why is it significant that Jesus is the chief cornerstone?
The starting point of a building. Everything is laid out according to its connection to the chief cornerstone. Jesus sets out the course for both Jew and gentiles to be joined together into one glorious house for God.
6. What are the implications for Christians and those who aren’t?
Jesus is precious to those who believe. Those who reject him instead stumble over him. Jesus becomes to them a rock of offence.
1 Peter 2:9-10:
7. How does Exodus 19:5-6 link to this?
The things that once exclusively belonged to Israel now belong to every Christian. A new life principle (chosen generation), new access to God (royal priesthood), new government (holy nation), new owner (his own special people).
8. Why are we special? Do you think of yourself in these terms?
We’re special because we belong to God. God takes ordinary people and because he works in them, they are special.
9. How are we to respond to these privileges?
We are not to be proud, but we are to proclaim the praises of him who has done such great things for us.
1 Peter 2:11-12:
10. In light of what Peter has said, what does he call us to do?
Live godly lives among the pagans so that they might become Christians and glorify God.
The day of visitation is probably a reference to their ultimate meeting with God, either when they go to meet him, or when he comes to meet them.