"Get a piece of the rock" is the slogan of Prudential Life Insurance. But it's also a great slogan for Christians!
As Christians we are called to be living stones in 1 Peter 2. Of course, we living stones need a Cornerstone. The cornerstone is the essential stone...the cornerstone is of course Jesus. Together with our Cornerstone, we living stones build a spiritual house that is the church. We are blessed by the Cornerstone.
But Peter also warns that to non-believers the Cornerstone will become a capstone, that is the finishing stone. Peter quotes scripture saying "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." Jesus is the Rock that will make unbelievers fall.
Peter knows about Rocks. Peters original name was Simon, but Jesus renamed him Peter, which means rock, because Peter was the rock that the church would be built upon. Yet Peter knew that even though he was a rock, a living stone, that Jesus was the Cornerstone.
"The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord," is how the old hymn goes. Peter says come to the Living Stone. As for me, I'll remind you to Get a Piece of the Rock!
Matthew 16:17,18 -- Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it
1 Peter 2:4-8 -- As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 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. 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."
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.
But to those who do not believe,
"The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone," and,
"A stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall."
They stumble because they disobey the message—
which is also what they were destined for.
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