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Sunday, October 16 2016

1 Peter 2: The Cornerstone Prophecy

"So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone"

The apostles Peter and Paul were very different in background and personality. They were however identical in strength of righteous character (see What Did Peter And Isaiah Say About Being Born Again? and the Fact Finder question below).

First, consider their contrasts:

  • As a Pharisee, Paul was a literate preacher and teacher, while Peter, as a layman, experienced a religious life of being taught and preached at - by people like Paul (see The Lay Preacher Who Built The True Church Of God).

  • Peter was chosen by the Messiah as one of the twelve apostles (see Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?). As such, Peter personally and intimately witnessed the Messiah's Ministry during the time when Paul was yet unconverted and hostile to the Messiah. During the Messiah's human lifetime, Peter knew the Messiah as a friend, while Paul knew Him as an enemy.

  • Peter was chosen by the Messiah as the apostle to the Israelite tribe of Judah. Paul was chosen by the Messiah as the apostle to the world (see Paul, The Apostle To The World).

Peter and Paul

Peter developed a view of the one and only true Gospel (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) from his own perspective, just as Paul did. But notice how what they believed, lived-by and taught was identical. Ironically, Peter's quoting of the famous "The stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner" (Peter quoted Isaiah 28:16, Psalm 118:22 and Isaiah 8:14 in verses 6, 7 and 8 below) applied to Paul before his conversion - and was used by Paul later for those who await their conversion.

"2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 2:5 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. 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.

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,

2:8 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.

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: 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." (1 Peter 2:1-12 KJV)

Peter and Paul both faithfully taught from the true and actual Word of God. Continuing on from his previous quotes above, Peter quoted Isaiah 53:9 in verse 22 below. Everything that they taught was faithful to the Word of God (see Faith Is The Law).

"2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." (1 Peter 2:13-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the Way that Peter and Paul taught?
See Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?


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This Day In History, October 16

456: Magister militum Ricimer defeated Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and became the leader of the Western Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Roman Empire

1555: During the reign of (Roman Catholic) Queen Mary I (known to history as "Bloody Mary" because of the religious persecution that she inflicted upon those who rejected papal rule of Britain), English Protestant reformers Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake at Oxford after being convicted of anti-Rome "heresy" e.g. promoting the printing of English-language Bibles so that people could read the Word of God for themselves (see A Christian Holy Bible Reading Plan With Detailed Study Notes and What Does Word of God Mean To You?).

1594: William Allen died at age 62. The English cardinal supervised the preparation of the Roman Catholic Reims-Douai translation of the Bible (see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). During his lifetime he was much involved in subversive activities against the Protestant government of Queen Elizabeth I. In a blatant act of high treason, he called upon the Catholic King Philip II of Spain to conquer England and assume the English throne. After Philip's invasion force, the Spanish Armada, was defeated by the British navy (and some very "miraculous" weather), Allen fled to Rome where he was made a cardinal.

Elizabeth I of England

1710: Port Royal, Acadia (now Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia) was captured from the French by the British. The Treaty of Utrecht, signed 3 years later, gave the mainland part of present-day Nova Scotia to Britain, but left Cape Breton Island and present-day New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island with France (until 1763 at the conclusion of the French and Indian War, when they too came under British rule). In 1755 many Acadians were deported for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to Britain. Many of them went to the French colony known today as Louisiana (named after French king Louis) where "acadian" became pronounced as "cajun."

New France

1793: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, wife of King Louis XVI, was beheaded during the French Revolution.

1813: Thee 3 day Battle of Leipzig began (also called the Battle of The Nations). It was a decisive victory of the allies over Napoleon. During the battle, most of Napoleon's German auxiliary forces went over to the allies. A large monument commemorates the battle which cost about 120,000 casualties.

1841: Queen's University was founded in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

1859: John Brown led his famous raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, and seized the armory to provide for his anti-slavery militia. He was later captured and hanged.

1934: The "Long March" of Chinese communists began under Mao Zedong.

1946: After being convicted of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials, the major Nazi war criminals were executed the same day: Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl. Hermann Goering escaped the gallows by committing suicide in his jail cell the day before (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1964: China exploded its first atomic bomb, at the Lop Nor test site in Sinkiang.

1973: U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissenger and North Vietnamese peace negotiator Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1978: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected Pope, choosing the name John Paul II. He was the first non-Italian pope in 486 years.

1984: A baboon heart was transplanted into a human infant in California. After the transplant, "Baby Fae" lived 30 days.

1987: The Great Storm of 1987 in Britain. 20 people were killed when a devastating gale with gusts up to 115 mph struck southern Britain, the worst since records began. The storm flattened 15,000,000 trees and caused 1,000,000,000 pounds damage.

1998: Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London on a warrant from Spain that requested his extradition on murder charges.

2002: Bibliotheca Alexandrina was opened in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It commemorates the great Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity.


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