1 Peter 2:4-10 (The Message)
4-8 Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life.
The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place
of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction
of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as
holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures
Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place
Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause
to regret it.
To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to
those who refuse to trust him,
The stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone.
For the untrusting it’s . . . a stone to trip over, a boulder
blocking the way.
They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted.
9-10 But you are
the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly
work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do
his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day
difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from
rejected to accepted.