Living stones (1 Pet 2:5)

“Like living stones,

Let yourselves

Be built

Into a spiritual house,

To be a holy priesthood,

To offer

Spiritual sacrifices

Acceptable to God

Through Jesus Christ.”

καὶ αὐτοὶ ὡς λίθοι ζῶντες οἰκοδομεῖσθε οἶκος πνευματικὸς εἰς ἱεράτευμα ἅγιον, ἀνενέγκαι πνευματικὰς θυσίας εὐπροσδέκτους Θεῷ διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.

This author said, “Like living stones (ὡς λίθοι ζῶντες), let yourselves (καὶ αὐτοὶ) be built (οἰκοδομεῖσθε) into a spiritual house (οἶκος πνευματικὸς), to be a holy priesthood (εἰς ἱεράτευμα ἅγιον), to offer (ἀνενέγκαι) spiritual sacrifices (πνευματικὰς θυσίας) acceptable (εὐπροσδέκτους) to God (Θεῷ) through Jesus Christ (διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ).”  Only this author, 1 Peter, among all the canonical NT works used this word ἱεράτευμα, that means priesthood or the act or office of priesthood.  This author used Exodus, chapter 19:6, “Indeed the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.”  God told Moses to tell the people of Israel that they would be a special priestly kingdom.  This author then explained all about the new priesthood of Jesus Christ that they would be part of it, as the followers of Jesus Christ.  They too were the living stones that would be built up into a spiritual house.  Thus, they could offer spiritual sacrifices and not real sacrifices that would be acceptable to God.  However, they would all be offered through Jesus Christ.  This was to become the standard prayer formula for all Christians.  All their prayers would be addressed and offered to God the Father, but they all concluded with through Jesus Christ, Amen.  Thus, the classic Christian prayer always ends with Jesus Christ, but addressed to God the Father. They were the living stones in this spiritual house of worship to God through Jesus Christ.  They were building a spiritual house.  Do you build a spiritual house for Jesus Christ?

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