Peter was calling the church to be Holy and like Christ. He was not making that call flippantly, instead, he was reminding the Church of who and whose they were and are. Since the time of Abraham, His chosen people were to be a nation of priests. It was their job to spread the Gospel message that Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer. In order to better preach the truth, Peter was reminding the Church that they need only to realize how great the salvation they have received from the lord. The rejection of Jesus by the world was the world’s great loss; but, as it will see, Jesus is the cornerstone of life and redemption. So, Peter was reminding the Church that it is their gift to know the Lord and to spread the news of the great gift Jesus’s redemption really is.
In our lives, as we enter into the season of Christ’s birth, we need to carry the message of this great salvation to all that will listen. What is more, we need to live as those that are redeemed and not as those without hope. The world would have us be just like them–hopeless, purposeless and without care for others. Christ calls us to be set apart as those with hope, with purpose and being selfless and following Him in our journey. Like Christ, we need to live as those proud of who we are and whose we are in Christ. We can never look back qnd never question the life we have received as His chosen people.
God Bless You
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 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,”[a]
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.