Let us turn our
attention to a study of I Peter, which we have entitled ‘The God
Of All Suffering’. In our text of I Peter 2:6-10, Peter says,
also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief
corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall
not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:
but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders
disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of
stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the
word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye
are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in
time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which
had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
It is in these
verses Peter points the suffering people to meditate upon ‘Christ
The Chief Cornerstone’. In a time of suffering oh how we need a
sure foundation. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground
is sinking sand.
In verses 5-6 we
find ‘Christ Is The Cornerstone Who Gives Hope’. Hope is
confident expectation in a time of troubling uncertainty. We are
told here of a stone that is in the middle archway. This stone
holds the suspended arch up. Paul said in Colossians, ‘that by
Him all this consists’. (Are held together) Peter said this was
an ‘elect stone’. (Chosen by God) The stone was ‘precious’
which means to hold in high honor or to place a high value upon.
What hope it gives us in a time of trouble to know we have such a
foundation upon which to stand.
In verse 7 we are
told that ‘Christ Is The Cornerstone Who Is Hallowed’. It is
here Peter contrasts the believer and the unbeliever’s relationship
to the stone. To the believer the stone is precious. We esteem Him
highly. We place a high value even a priceless value on our
relationship with Him. We proclaim with Christ, ‘Our Father
which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.’ The unbeliever has
found the stone ‘disallowed’. The word means to put to the
test and decide it doesn’t meet the standard of ones trust. Because
the unbeliever has disallowed Christ the stone, God the Father hath
exalted Him to be the head over all.
In verse 8 we are
told that ‘Christ Is The Cornerstone Who Is A Horror’. It is
a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. Peter tells
us that Christ hath been ‘appointed’ as a ‘stumbling
stone’ or ‘rock of offense’. The word, ‘appoint’
means to ordain or cause to happen. These two stones have the idea
of a ledge of a rock that appears upon a path and trips those who
pass by. We get our word scandal from this stumbling stone. God
will place in the path of the unbeliever a scandalous trap for him
to trip over and be ashamed with embarrassment.
In verses 9-10 we
find ‘Christ The Cornerstone Who Gives Honor’. Peter tells
us in verse 10 that before salvation we were ‘not a people’.
This means non-existent, of no value, a zero with the rim rubbed
away. Now we are the people of God. Oh, what a standing is ours.
Before we had no ‘mercy’ but now He hath shown us ‘mercy’.
(To withhold from us what we deserve)
In verse 9 we are
told of the great honor Christ be bestows upon His people. We are a
‘chosen generation’. This word means to pick out of a group
of people. We are a ‘royal priesthood’. The word ‘royal’
refers to Kings. He has made us Kings and Priests. We are the high
ups politically and religiously. We are a ‘holy nation’. We
have been set aside for service of deity. Peter tells us we are ‘peculiar’.
This means to create something and draw a circle around for to
denote ownership. Each child of God is a unique, as if he was the
only one of his kind, creation. He made us that He might ‘shew’
forth or display us for His glory in this dark hour. I dare not
trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ
the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.