1 Peter 2:4, As you come to Him, the living Stone-rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “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.”
What do you think of when thinking of the church? From our modern perspective it is very easy to think of the church as a building made out of steel, bricks, and mortar. However, when the New Testament speaks of the church, it is always talking about people. In fact, the earliest evidence of a house being converted architecturally into a place of Christian worship is not until approximately 250 A.D.
Here is what the Apostle Peter says about the church, “As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, You yourselves are like living stones built up as a spiritual house…” (1 Peter 2:4 ESV) In Peter’s description of the church, he describes people as “living stones” who are “built up as a spiritual house” with Jesus as the “cornerstone.” From Peter’s perspective, the church is much more than a physical building or even an institution, it is the actual people of God! The building is simply the gathering place of God’s people.
Think about it, and I hope to see you in the building Sunday…where the church (the people of God) gather!
Have a blessed weekend.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D