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Session 3 - 1 Peter 2:6-8 – Building Our Faith – Day 3
1 Peter 2:6 (HCSB) For it is contained in Scripture:
Look! I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and honored cornerstone,
and the one who believes in Him
will never be put to shame!
1 Peter 2:7 So honor will come to you who believe,
Peter quoted from Psalm 118:
Psalm 118:21-23 (VOICE)
21 I will praise You because You answered me when I was in trouble.
You have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very stone that holds together the entire foundation.
23 This is the work of the Eternal,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The cornerstone is the stone that holds everything together in a building. How does the fact that Jesus is the cornerstone translate into believers never being put to shame? Jesus took our sin upon Himself on the cross and paid for it. Then He clothed us in His righteousness because we are His children.
Ephesians 2:17-22 (NASB) And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
We are no longer under the guilt, condemnation, and shame we carried before. Jesus has removed all that and made us clean. We are adopted into the family of God, valued and honored as belonging to Him.
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”
For those who do not trust Jesus, this same stone is a scandalon – a stumbling block.
1 Peter 2:7b …but for the unbelieving,
The stone that the builders rejected—
this One has become the cornerstone,
A stone to stumble over,
and a rock to trip over.
They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined for this.
Those who do not give any attention to Jesus’ message, the gospel, who deny the power of the Savior on the cross, stumble over the Truth. The same Rock that holds we who believe together, is the one that non-believers trip over. They find the message that they are sinners in need of a Savior offensive, or they see the solution as too simple to possibly be effective.
Michael Card has a great song called “Scandalon” (the word used for stone to stumble over in verse that deals with Jesus as that stone. You can listen to it here:
I found the definition for the word skandalon at:
skandalon: a stick for bait (of a trap), generally a snare, a stumbling block, an offense
Original Word: σκάνδαλον, ου, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (skan'-dal-on)
Short Definition: a snare, stumbling-block
Definition: a snare, stumbling-block, cause for error.
The most convicting part of Card’s lyric for me is this:
It seems today the Scandalon offends no one at all
The image we present can be stepped over
Could it be that we are like the others long ago
Do we ever learn that all who come must stumble?
Chew on this: Many times we fail to share the gospel message because we do not wish to offend someone. People will be offended by the message of the cross, but they cannot be changed by it until they hear it. When people reject our testimony to the truth of the gospel, they are rejecting Jesus. We must be bold to share regardless of the consequences. As Michael Card explained in the above song, some will be broken on the stone so that He can restore them to wholeness, but others will be crushed due to their unbelief. It is our responsibility to share as His witnesses and ambassadors and leave the results to God.