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Precious Seed Volume 73 Issue 4 November 2018

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Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 12th November

LIVING STONE

1 Peter 2. 1-5

Before introducing the idea of Christ as a living stone, Peter implores the believers to lay aside all those things associated with their former condition of death and to cultivate instead an appetite for the sincere milk of the word. When he speaks of’laying aside all malice, and all guile ... and all evil speakings’ he is looking for action that is comprehensive and complete. Their subsequent new appetite will produce growth, which their former condition could not. We, like them, cannot remain the way we were! We have tasted that the Lord is gracious, and that being so, we have an insatiable desire to keep coming to Him, the source of all blessing, growth and development.

He is the living stone. He has life in Himself and the ability to pass it on to others, both in initial salvation and in subsequent Christian living. The word used here for ‘stone’ is not petros (a loose stone), nor petra (a stone as distinct from other materials), but lithos, which, in its usage, can have the thought of that which is used to build or adorn, cf. 1 Cor. 3.12; Rev. 21.19.

As a stone, Christ is strong, reliable, trustworthy and capable of moulding others into His image. As such He is unique, and this kind of life with its ability to change men was specially manifested after His resurrection.

He was the stone that the Jews disallowed (rejected after testing) as He did not fit in with their ideas of religion. Nor does He fit in with the plans of many today who appear to want to worship God, yet reject Him, insisting instead on rearing up dead stone buildings. Not only was He rejected, but despised. Nevertheless, He was God’s chosen One, and He is precious, as to His Person, value and glory, and indispensable in the building of a spiritual house where God may be properly worshipped.

The word for ‘lively stones’ is the same as in verse 4. The saints are living stones, facsimiles of the original, not left lying around loose, but, according to a master plan, shaped and built up together on the foundation stone, the chief cornerstone, which effectively binds all together. As such, they become a spiritual house, wherein spiritual exercises are practised and a holy priesthood operates.

 

Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 12th November

LIVING STONE

1 Peter 2. 1-5

Before introducing the idea of Christ as a living stone, Peter implores the believers to lay aside all those things associated with their former condition of death and to cultivate instead an appetite for the sincere milk of the word. When he speaks of’laying aside all malice, and all guile ... and all evil speakings’ he is looking for action that is comprehensive and complete. Their subsequent new appetite will produce growth, which their former condition could not. We, like them, cannot remain the way we were! We have tasted that the Lord is gracious, and that being so, we have an insatiable desire to keep coming to Him, the source of all blessing, growth and development.

He is the living stone. He has life in Himself and the ability to pass it on to others, both in initial salvation and in subsequent Christian living. The word used here for ‘stone’ is not petros (a loose stone), nor petra (a stone as distinct from other materials), but lithos, which, in its usage, can have the thought of that which is used to build or adorn, cf. 1 Cor. 3.12; Rev. 21.19.

As a stone, Christ is strong, reliable, trustworthy and capable of moulding others into His image. As such He is unique, and this kind of life with its ability to change men was specially manifested after His resurrection.

He was the stone that the Jews disallowed (rejected after testing) as He did not fit in with their ideas of religion. Nor does He fit in with the plans of many today who appear to want to worship God, yet reject Him, insisting instead on rearing up dead stone buildings. Not only was He rejected, but despised. Nevertheless, He was God’s chosen One, and He is precious, as to His Person, value and glory, and indispensable in the building of a spiritual house where God may be properly worshipped.

The word for ‘lively stones’ is the same as in verse 4. The saints are living stones, facsimiles of the original, not left lying around loose, but, according to a master plan, shaped and built up together on the foundation stone, the chief cornerstone, which effectively binds all together. As such, they become a spiritual house, wherein spiritual exercises are practised and a holy priesthood operates.

 

Daily Thought

Daily Thought for: 12th November

LIVING STONE

1 Peter 2. 1-5

Before introducing the idea of Christ as a living stone, Peter implores the believers to lay aside all those things associated with their former condition of death and to cultivate instead an appetite for the sincere milk of the word. When he speaks of’laying aside all malice, and all guile ... and all evil speakings’ he is looking for action that is comprehensive and complete. Their subsequent new appetite will produce growth, which their former condition could not. We, like them, cannot remain the way we were! We have tasted that the Lord is gracious, and that being so, we have an insatiable desire to keep coming to Him, the source of all blessing, growth and development.

He is the living stone. He has life in Himself and the ability to pass it on to others, both in initial salvation and in subsequent Christian living. The word used here for ‘stone’ is not petros (a loose stone), nor petra (a stone as distinct from other materials), but lithos, which, in its usage, can have the thought of that which is used to build or adorn, cf. 1 Cor. 3.12; Rev. 21.19.

As a stone, Christ is strong, reliable, trustworthy and capable of moulding others into His image. As such He is unique, and this kind of life with its ability to change men was specially manifested after His resurrection.

He was the stone that the Jews disallowed (rejected after testing) as He did not fit in with their ideas of religion. Nor does He fit in with the plans of many today who appear to want to worship God, yet reject Him, insisting instead on rearing up dead stone buildings. Not only was He rejected, but despised. Nevertheless, He was God’s chosen One, and He is precious, as to His Person, value and glory, and indispensable in the building of a spiritual house where God may be properly worshipped.

The word for ‘lively stones’ is the same as in verse 4. The saints are living stones, facsimiles of the original, not left lying around loose, but, according to a master plan, shaped and built up together on the foundation stone, the chief cornerstone, which effectively binds all together. As such, they become a spiritual house, wherein spiritual exercises are practised and a holy priesthood operates.

 

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