Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 10, 2012

Living Stones

Many scriptures compare Christians to stones.  When you think of stones, you may think of an ordinary pebble.  But there are also precious stones.  Cut well, they can be absolutely dazzling!

Jesus is compared to a stone:  “As you come to him, the living stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him -”  1 Peter 2:4

Christians likewise:  “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood..”  1 Peter 2:5

The 12 Hebrew patriarchs are symbolized by precious stones:  “There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.” Exodus 28:20-22

The foundations of the Eternal City from Heaven is laid with 12 precious stones:  “The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.   The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.”

The stones on this heavenly temple a sort of pyramid, with Jesus as the topstone:  “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”  Psalm 118:22-23

“built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”  Ephesians 2:20

In order for a diamond or sapphire to be brilliant, it must be cut and polished.  Then it can really shine.  So it is with us.  Cutting and polishing may not be very pleasant, but it is that shaping that ultimately brings us to our full potential in the kingdom.  Note that diamonds are cut along faultlines.  So it is with us.  God’s disciplines are hardest along our personal faults.

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