BIG IDEA: The scripturally-evidenced identity of Jesus in relation to trusters and non-trusters, and his people's identity in relation to him provides a textually-founded basis for the desire-the-milk-and-grow command and for their excellencies-proclaiming purpose.

The Cornerstone's relationship with trusters and non-trusters is contained in the Scriptures. Trusters find him choice and precious. Non-trusters disapprove of him, stumble over him, and find him offensive. The Stone is the same; the trust differs.

Unlike the non-trusters who stumble, the trusters receive their identity and purpose in Jesus. Here (2:9-10), Peter takes concepts formerly reserved for the Jewish people and applies them to all peoples in Messiah. In their connection to Messiah, all peoples are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation a people acquired" (Ex 19:6; Rev 1:6).

This new nation, chosen in Messiah, is the people of the Kingdom, the proclaimers of his excellencies. From peoples who were once not a people--Jews and Gentiles--God has formed one people in his Son, the Cornerstone in whom this new people receives its identity and purpose.


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