CHRIST IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH: 2:4-10
Charles e Whisnant, pastor/teacher/preacher
God has been in the process over the last 1000’s of years bulding a spirtual house of redeemed sinners to be saints in his house, the kingdom of god.
saints in the church the body of Christ
1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ http://biblia.com/books/nasb95/1Pe2.25
Greek: kai autoi os lithoi zontes oikodomeisthe oikos pneumatikos eis hierateuma hagion, anenegkai pneumatikas thusiav euprosdektous [to] theo dia Iesou Christou.
- Amplified: [Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ. (Amplified Bible –
- Phillips: To change the metaphor, you come to him, as living stones to the immensely valuable living stone (which men rejected but God chose), to be built up into a spiritual House of God, in which you, like holy priests, can offer those spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (Phillips: Touchstone)
- Wuest: And you yourselves also as living stones are being built up a spiritual house to be a priesthood that is holy, bringing up to God’s altars spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to God through the mediatorship of Jesus Christ.
- Young’s Literal: and ye yourselves, as living stones, are built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ
- Charles: usually i don’t use John MacArthur here because i have a hole another set of notes by john. which i preached in first baptist church in Altoona, Kansas in 1996
As we look at this text tonight, we are laying a foundation with this scripture just as one would when building a home.
A believers we are part of the framework god builds into his spiritual house. and there are many crucial elements needed to build a home that will endure. And thus the same with god’s holy home.”
we are Christ’s active, living, breathing elements. We are part of the masonry he sets and establishes.
CHRIST IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH: 2:4-10
1. Christ has the power to make us to be a living stone. v 5, John 5:12
2. Christ has the authority to build us upon a spiritual house. v 5, Acts 2:47
3. Christ has the power to make us to be an holy priesthood. v 5, Rev. 1:6
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YOU ALSO, AS LIVING STONES: kai autoi os lithoi zontes
(1Co 3:16; 6:19; 2Co 6:16; Eph 2:20, 21, 22; Heb 3:6; Rev 3:12) (1Cor 3:16, 6:19, 2Cor 6:16)
Believers are not only living stones, but they are also temples! Beloved, when was the last time you paused to ponder the privileges bestowed to us in Christ? Take a moment now to praise and thank God for so great a salvation!
- 1Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
- 1Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
- 2Cor 6:16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
The King James has “lively stones!” One wonders how many churches would appear to outsiders as composed of “lively” saints! Not busy saints, but alive, abiding to the Vine, bearing fruit with endurance as the Spirit enables. Which best describes your church: Lively or Busy. There is a difference!
Phillips paraphrase: To change the metaphor, you come to Him, as living stones to the immensely valuable living Stone (Phillips)
John describes the future destiny of every living stone – they will have an eternal purpose (O, the wonder of amazing grace, which gives saved sinners such an undeserved, high and holy purpose! Hallelujah!)…
- Rev 3:12 ‘He who overcomes (not a special class, but the description of a true believer – compare 1Jn 5:4,5), I (Jesus is the Architect/Builder promising that He) will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
The Psalmist speaking primarily of OT saints alludes to the privilege that NT believers possess…How blessed is the one whom Thou dost choose, and bring near to Thee, to dwell in Thy courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, Thy holy temple. (Psalm 65:4)
Spurgeon’s comments on Psalm 65:4 represent his rich meditations to help us consider the incomprehensible reality that we who were once lost and dead in our trespasses and sins are now living stones in the house of the Living God.
- After cleansing comes benediction, and truly this is a very rich one. It comprehends both election, effectual calling, access, acceptance, and sonship.
First, we are chosen of God, according to the good pleasure of His will, and this alone is blessedness.
Then, since we cannot and will not come to God of ourselves, He works graciously in us, and attracts us powerfully; He subdues our unwillingness, and removes our inability by the almighty workings of His transforming grace. This also is no slight blessedness.
Furthermore, we, by His divine drawings, are made nigh by the blood of His Son, and brought near by His spirit, into intimate fellowship; so that we have access with boldness, and are no longer as those who are afar off by wicked works: here also is unrivalled blessedness.
To crown all, we do not come nigh in peril of dire destruction, as Nadab and Abihu did, but we approach as chosen and accepted ones, to become dwellers in the divine household: this is heaped up blessedness, vast beyond conception. But dwelling in the house we are treated as sons, for the servant abideth not in the house for ever, but the Son abideth ever.
Behold what manner of love and blessedness the Father has bestowed upon us that we may dwell in His house, and go no more out forever. Happy men who dwell at home with God. May both writer and reader be such men.
That he may dwell in thy courts. Acceptance leads to abiding: God does not make a temporary choice, or give and take; His gifts and calling are without repentance. He who is once admitted to God’s courts shall inhabit them for ever; he shall be
No more a stranger or a guest, But like a child at home.
Permanence gives preciousness. Terminating blessings are but half blessings. To dwell in the courts of the Great King is to be ennobled; to dwell there forever is to be emparadised: yet such is the portion of every man whom God has chosen and caused to approach unto Him, though once his iniquities prevailed against him. (Spurgeon’s Note)