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1 Peter 2:6: For It Stands In Scripture: "Behold, I Am Laying In Zion A Stone, A Cornerstone Chosen And Precious, And Whoever Believes In Him Will Not Be Put To Shame."

1 Peter 2:6
[6] For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” (ESV)

Peter continues with the stone metaphor. Here he refers to Psalm 118 and shows that Jesus, the precious cornerstone is a fulfillment of Scripture. Here is what was prophesied in Psalm 118:22: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." The builders rejected this cornerstone. He is speaking of the Jewish people who rejected their Messiah.

Consider for a moment the value of a cornerstone. It is the first stone laid. It becomes the reference point for all other stones laid after it. If the cornerstone is off the rest of the building will be off. What is the cornerstone of our faith? Jesus Christ! God the Father is building this spiritual building. The stones of this building are you and I. Jesus was the first stone of the building, the cornerstone.

In this spiritual house that God is building everything is connected to Christ. This is beautiful imagery. It is also reality. If we try to build our lives on anything other than Jesus Christ our lives will be off. Those who would claim to be "Christians" are people who build their lives on Jesus alone. If we are not connected to Jesus Christ we are not Christians, and our lives will not be stable. He is the rock.

This last section of the verse is a beautiful promise to all who would come to Jesus Christ. All who believe in him will not be put to shame. It is so encouraging to know that when we come to him we have the promise that we will not be turned away. What an exciting thing to have our lives connected to the rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ.

How is your life? Is it in shambles? The solid rock, Jesus Christ, invites you to be connected to him. He is building a spiritual house. All who place their faith in him become part of him. Celebrate this precious cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ.