Bible Passage:1 Peter 2:7
This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, "THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,"
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This precious value, then, is for you who believe. This exceedingly precious stone, says Peter, is indeed, to some, precious and honorable. But on the other hand, it is also not precious to many, but despised, and a stone of stumbling. How is this? The Scripture ascribes to it a two-fold aspect, inasmuch as there are some that believe on it, and, on the other hand, many who do not believe on it. To them who believe He is precious; so that my heart must be glad if I repose my confidence and trust upon Him. Therefore he says: This precious value, then, is for you who believe; that is, you are greatly dependent upon Him; for although He in Himself is precious and excellent, yet this may be of no service or help to me. Therefore He must be precious to us for this reason, because He gives us so many precious blessings; as an excellently precious stone, which does not retain its virtue in itself, but breaks forth and imparts all its powers, so that I have all that it is. Now God pronounces the sentence, that they who rest thereon, without works, come to be justified through faith alone.
O Christ, our true and only Light,
Enlighten those who sit in night;
Let those afar now hear Thy voice,
And in Thy fold with us rejoice.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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