The following six chapters, Isaiah 28-33, are like a Slinky, or an eagle in the updraft. In a series of sermons, Isaiah gives a woe, then a promise and call to faith, then he wheels back to the woe, and again to a promise and call to faith.
Along with the great privilege of salvation comes the responsibility to grow in holiness, so that being born anew, believers now crave the pure spiritual milk of the word, are built up into the house of God, mature in faith, and serve God.
Chapter 10 describes in greater detail the victory of God over God’s enemies, the strengthening of God’s people, and the gathering in of scattered Israel to live in peace and prosperity in the Promised Land.
In this six minute presentation, Peter teaches that believers are to see themselves as ones hewn from God, as living rock with a special unity, built upon the Cornerstone of Christ, and as a priesthood whose purpose was to serve and glorify God, remembering his own vivid experience of being named a rock of faith by Jesus.
https://youtu.be/Ay4-8cavIls Because of their salvation (Peter wrote, to the Jewish believers in Jesus living among the Diaspora), they had been profoundly altered, moving from the covenant of God with the Hebrew people to the covenant cut in the blood of Christ with every believer. They had been born anew, born from above, bought with the … Continue reading 1 Peter 2, Living Stones
We know that day has come and is yet to come, for Jesus opened the way through the cross and is preparing us for the Day of the Lord which will usher in the new heavens and the new earth.
You and I, by virtue of our new birth, our birth from above, have become citizens of the kingdom of light.
It is apt, in light of Matthew 16:13-19, that Peter would use the metaphor of living stones fitted to Christ the cornerstone and capstone.