Wednesday, August 5, 2009
We've been studying 1 Peter at our church for several months now. We are currently on chapter 2, where scripture talks about Christ as the chosen stone and believers as His chosen people. I would like to address verse 4, And coming to Him as a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is chioce and precious in the sight of God (NASB). John MacArthur's commentary says that "coming" in the greek here means to come with the idea of remaining; to remain in Christ's presence with intimate fellowship. I really starting thinking about "coming" in the sense of coming and going. We go to work; we come home. We go to school; we come home. We go to town; we come home. We are always coming and going. No matter where we go or what type of home we live in, there is no place on earth we would rather "come" to than our own home. Dorothy was right, "there is no place like home"...at least here on earth. As soon as we walk in the door, there is such a peace that washes over us. We are so thankful to be home. This wonderful feeling is temporary because sooner or later we'll have to go again. Now think of that in realtion to Christ. Isn't it awesome that we NEVER have to leave His prescense. We can remain in His prescense no matter where we are going. 1 Peter also talks of believers being exiles here on earth; we are strangers in a foreign land. To those who reside as aliens...who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father...(NASB). We don't "belong" here; our home is with Christ. When we "come" to Him, we (believers) are coming home...home to stay; home forever.