Bible: 1 Pet 2:4-10
A Living Stone, a Chosen People
2:4 So as you come to him, 1 a living stone rejected by men but 2 chosen and priceless 3 in God’s sight, 2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer 4 spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says 5 in scripture, “Look,I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, 6 and whoever believes 7 in him 8 will never 9 be put to shame.” 10 2:7 So you who believe see 11 his value, 12 but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the 13 cornerstone, 14 2:8 and a stumbling-stone 15 and a rock to trip over. 16 They stumble 17 because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 18 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues 19 of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You 20 once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, 21 but now you have received mercy.