Living Stones, Royal Priests

1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10–You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”

God gave Moses intricate instructions on how to build the tabernacle, which would be the dwelling place of God in the Israelite community. Only priests were allowed to enter into the tabernacle, and only the high priests were able to enter into a special, curtained-off area. Even then, they would only go into that area one time every year. Inside the tabernacle, priests would approach God on behalf of everyone else.

Matthew 27:51 says, “At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” This is happening right after Jesus died. The curtain where priests would go to intercede for the people had been torn; Jesus had provided the ultimate sacrifice, and no longer do we need someone to intercede for us.

Jesus gave us full access to God, and that comes with great responsibility. 1 Peter 2 calls us royal and holy priests. We are to be the light in the wold, to pray to God on behalf of those who aren’t saved, just as priests used to go into the tabernacle on behalf of the people.

God is building an unshakable Kingdom. Being a Christian isn’t just about showing up at church, but being the Church. Jesus is the cornerstone, we are the stones that are built on His foundation, and every stone is important to the stability of the rest of the structure. As Christians, we’ve been handpicked by God to fulfill His mission here on Earth, which is to add to that Kingdom so that more and more people come to know Christ. When we each do our part, we will see massive transformation in the lives of those who see the presence of God in our lives.

Watch my teaching on being living stones.

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