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Pamphlet #5105 KC1Peter5-2
Jesus taught the entire 22nd Psalm from the cross at Calvary.
1 Pet. 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
This of course is nothing new and we can be assured that Peter knew well the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 where it is written in verse 4 that "He is the Rock".
(Peter also knew that in verse 32:31 it is written that there is another "rock" that is not our Rock.
He would be the king of Tyre (Ezek.28) which translated means "rock".
The king of Tyre is Satan, the false rock.)
Peter now continues the analogy to explain that Christians are also as "living stones" and are the building blocks of the holy priesthood of God.
It reminds me of the expression we use "he's a chip off the old block".
 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
He sure doesn't need our burnt offerings or our money, does He?
1 Pet. 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
The quote here is from Isaiah 28:16.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
But if you have been drinking sour milk then you are surely
confused, which means you don't know one rock (Jesus)
from the other (spurious christ),
or even that there are two rocks, and you will be put to shame.
You must have rocks in your head!
Paul even talks about the chief cornerstone:
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
1 Pet. 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
Answer: Even those who are supposed to be building the temple, who call themselves Christians.
 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
Does this mean just to the Jews?
No, Christ is a "stumbling block" to them which STUMBLE AT HIS WORD.
Even though one calls himself Christian, he either believes in Christ or he doesn't.
You see, everyone knows you don't stumble over something that you "see", you stumble over something that you "don't see", and those who stumble over the Word don't "see it", and those who stumble over the cornerstone don't see the true Christ, though they are following a "rock", just not our Rock.
They actually see the King of Tyre [Satan]
(Ezek. 28), which means "rock", and he appears
unto them as Jesus, as an angel of light.
And because many don't know the difference between the false messiah and the true Messiah, or even that there are two Christ's, how would they know which one comes first?
They expect Jesus to return at any moment and so they will stumble and fall into bed with "instead of Christ" and stumble into the wrong wedding and so will be "with child" when Jesus returns and will be ashamed at His coming.
But what about you?
1 Pet. 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
It is to the scattered tribes of the House of Israel, the elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.
And yes this verse refers to both the national as well as the individual duties of the children of God.
But there is also a more in-depth meaning contained in this verse for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear and are not still sucking on a milk bottle.
It has to do with the "generation" that Jesus Christ spoke* of while he was hanging on the cross, a generation that would come and serve Him.
It is contained in the last few verses of Psalms 22.
*Note: Here is another traditional teaching of many churches.
It is commonly by many that God the Father temporarily turned His back on Jesus Christ when He cried out in Matthew 27:46 "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
But such is not the case, neither will He turn His back on you when you die.
There is no record anywhere in the scriptures where Jesus called the Father "God". He always addressed Him as "Father". And when He was hanging upon the cross, with the thief witnessing His crucifixion, even as he was being crucified himself, Jesus taught the 22nd Psalm which begins "... My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? ...
You see, the 22nd Psalm documents, right down to the detail of the Roman soldiers gambling for His clothing and the very words the high priest would say and that not one bone would be broken in His body, that Jesus Christ was indeed the Messiah.
Imagine the emotions of the thief, who no doubt knew the 22nd Psalm, as he watched Jesus quote that Psalm as the events unfolded before his very eyes EXACTLY as they were written 1000 years before that day.
It is recorded in Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 that Jesus spoke these words"... My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? ..." which are the first words of the 22nd Psalm.
It is recorded in John 19:30 that the last words Jesus spoke before He bowed His head and gave up the ghost was "It is finished".
If you have a Companion Bible it will document for you that in the Hebrew language the very last words of Psalms 22 are "It is finished".
So we have documentation that Christ quoted the first and the last verse of Psalms 22.
If you have eyes to see and ears to hear then you know He taught the entire 22nd Psalm on the cross at Calvary.
Knowing that, Psalms 22 can never be read the same again for it is so moving and beautiful when read knowing that it was the last words of our Savior.
And the thief?
He was converted.
So kiss the traditions of men goodbye and learn the sincere Word of God!
Now, back to the "chosen generation", the royal priesthood, that Peter spoke of.
Consider the last two verses of Psalms 22 that Christ spoke on the cross:
A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this. (It is finished)
That generation is the same one that Christ told His disciples about in Mat. 24 and Mark 13. It is the final generation, the generation of the "fig tree" and guess what?
If you do as Christ said and learn
the parable of the fig tree then you will know that that final generation
began on May 15, 1948, and that you and I are living in that final generation.
Can you see? Then...
Praise God for His sincere Word of Truth!
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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