Welcome to the Priesthood

July 26, 2009 Speaker: Danny Box Series: Living Out Of A Suitcase

Topic: Exegetical Verse: 1 Peter 2:4–2:12

4-As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5-you 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. 6-For 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."
7-Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
   "The stone the builders rejected
      has become the capstone,"
8-and,
   "A stone that causes men to stumble
      and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

 9-But 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. 10-Once 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.

 11-Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12-Live 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.

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