Jesus Christ is the Chosen Living Stone
1 Peter 2:1-10
(1) Therefore, remove from your life all wickedness, deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all slander. (2) Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you will grow up in your salvation, (3) now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
(4) As you come to Jesus Christ, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—(5) you also, like living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) For it is written in Isaiah 28:16, “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 everyone who believes, this stone is precious. But to unbelievers, as it is written in Psalm 118:22, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” (8) and in Isaiah 8:14, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” The unbelievers stumble because they disobey the gospel (good news) message of Christ—as they were destined to.
(9) But you believers are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, so that you will declare the praises of him who called you out of spiritual darkness into his marvelous 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.
Live Good Lives Among Unbelievers
1 Peter 2:11-20
(11) My beloved friends, I call upon you, as foreigners and exiles, to stop living by your sinful passions that wage war against your soul. (12) Live such good lives among the nations that when they falsely accuse you of being evildoers, they will see your good works and glorify God on the day of his visitation (the second coming of Jesus Christ).
(13) Submit yourselves, for the Lord’s sake, to every governing authority of society: whether to the Roman Emperor, who is the supreme authority, (14) or to the Roman provincial governors, who are sent by the emperor to punish those who do wrong and to honor everyone who does what is right. (15) For it is God’s will that by doing good you will silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. (16) Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a disguise for bad behavior; instead, live as God’s servants. (17) Show respect to everyone, love the family of believers (the church), fear God, and honor the Roman Emperor.
(18) Christian bondservants, in the holy fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are harsh and treat you unjustly. (19) For it is a commendable act of grace when believers stay strong under the pain of unjust suffering because they are mindful of God. (20) How is it to your benefit if you are punished for doing wrong and endure it? But when you endure suffering for doing good, this is a commendable act of grace in God’s sight.
Jesus Absorbed Our Sins on the Cross
1 Peter 2:21-25
(21) For to this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you will follow in his steps. (22) As it is written in Isaiah 53:9, “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” (23) When they shouted insults at him, he did not fight back; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to God who judges with justice. (24) He absorbed our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sins and live for what is right. And by his wounds you have been healed! (25) For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.