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.”
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 stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.—1 Peter 2:6–8
Main idea of the passage: Here is evidence that some come to Christ as the living stone and that others reject him.
- What does “for” indicate in 1 Peter 2:6?
- How does 1 Peter 2:6–8 fit with the message of 1 Peter?
Part 1: Evidence That Some Come to Christ as the Living Stone (1 Peter 2:6–7a)
Part 2: Evidence That Others Reject Christ as the Living Stone (1 Peter 2:7b–8)
- Question 1. Why does Peter appeal to Scripture?
- Question 2. What is a cornerstone?
- Question 3. Why does Peter quote Isaiah 28:16 here?
- Question 4. What does Peter infer from Isaiah 28:16?
- Question 1. Why does Peter quote Psalm 118:22 here?
- Question 2. Why does Peter quote Isaiah 8:14 here?
- Question 3. Does God destine people to disobey and stumble?
- Recommended Resource 1:
John Piper, sermons on Romans 9 in the series "Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written," preached to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1998–2006. (Manuscripts, video, and audio available.)
- Recommended Resource 2:
John Piper, “They Were Destined to Disobey God: 1 Peter 2:4–8, Part 2,” Look at the Book, Desiring God, 24 November 2015,