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Living Stones of a Spiritual House

John Collins12/04/2012After Peter described the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News that Christ had came, died for their sins, and rose again, Peter told them the way to continue in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1 Peter 2.  

He did not instruct the people to be combative for their beliefs, Peter instructed them to put away malice.  He did not tell them to go forth proclaiming spiritual events that did not happen, Peter told them to put away all deceit and hypocrisy.  

Peter said that we should put away all envy and slander, treating each other with humility and respect.  He said that we were like newborn infants, and should be longing for spiritual milk which helps us grow up into salvation.  Peter said that if we have tasted the goodness of God, we would continue spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not some other teaching.

We are to be like living stones that are the walls of a spiritual house.  Each one of us are to be like the holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.  How do we do that?  Peter says through Jesus Christ.

There is only one way to salvation, and that is through Jesus Christ.  Peter reminds us that scriptures foretold of Christ, saying, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame."

We are not called to be blind sheep, led astray by deceit and hypocrisy.  We are now part of the royal priesthood.  We are a holy nation, God's own people.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we followed Peter's advice?  Do we consider ourselves part of the royal priesthood, or do we blindly accept strange teachings as scriptural truth?  In these last days, when men will rise that say their teachings are the way of Christ, do we follow like sheep led to the slaughter, or do we put on the whole armor of God by comparing those teachings with the Word?  Are we preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or are we preaching some other gospel?