1 Peter 2:4-10

The living Stone and a chosen people

4As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house
Or into a temple of the Spirit
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.’
Isaiah 28:16

7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, ‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,’
Psalm 118:22

8and, ‘A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.’
Isaiah 8:14

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, God’s special possession, 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.

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