1 Peter 2:4 Index
"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,"
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"To whom . . . "

  • Or, "unto whom," that is, unto the Lord (1 Peter 2:3). (7BC 559)

" . . . coming . . . "

  • Or "keep coming." As a child is frequently hungry (1 Peter 2:2), so the Christian will feel continually his need for spiritual nourishment. Daily the Christian surrenders his life to Christ, and God's blessings are renewed to him. (7BC 560)

" . . . living stone . . . "

  • That is, the Lord Jesus Christ. For the "Stone" as a symbol of Christ see (Matthew 16:18). Peter anticipates his quotation in (1 Peter 2:6) of a prophecy concerning Jesus as the "chief corner stone" of the church. Compare Peter's emphasis on the "living hope" (1 Peter 1:3) and the word "which liveth" (1 Peter 1:23). (7BC 560)

" . . . disallowed . . . "

  • Greek apodokimazo, "to reject after testing," because of a failure to measure up to specifications. Men looked upon Christ, examined Him, and considered Him lacking in the qualities they desired in the Messiah, and therefore rejected Him as the Saviour. The Jewish nation made that decision, as many individuals of many nations have since that time (Acts 4:11). (7BC 560)

" . . . chosen of God . . . "

  • Greek eklektos (1 Peter 1:2) Although men in general repudiated Christ, God recognized Him as fulfilling all the requirements for being man's sinless substitute. (7BC 560)