THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION
THE STONE THE BUILDERS REJECTED
"The stone the builders
has become the capstone..." 1 Peter 2:7
One of our weakest points is that we want
people to like us. Humanly, we all want love--not rejection.
The cruelest thing you can do to someone is to reject and shun them.
It is painful. A true Christian will indeed suffer rejection, but
a blessing comes with it.
A BLESSING FOR REJECTION
Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult
you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your
reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the
"But woe to you who are rich, for you
have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all
men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated
the false prophets. Luke 6:20-26
are all spiritual things...spiritual hunger, spiritual poverty. We
know this because in another place, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be
filled." We should have a deep hunger for righteousness. Because
we don't have any of our own. In another place Christ said, "Blessed
are the poor in Spirit." To be spiritually poor is to have a spirit of
meekness and an absence of pride.
The meek, the spiritually poor, will inherit
the earth, and the rejected of this world, will have a great reward coming.
In the Kingdom of God, Christ will be the cornerstone, He will be at the
pinnacle, He will be the capstone. And those that have suffered
rejection with Him are His chosen people and He will save them.
"See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen
and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never
be put to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is
precious. But to those who do not believe,
"The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone," and,
"A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them
fall." They stumble because they disobey the message, which is also
what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may
declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his
wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the
people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have
received mercy. 1 Peter 2:6-10
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