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Read Introduction to 1 Peter

 

“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.”
 
 
rejected indeed by men
 
“Rejected” means to reject as the result of disapproval. The Greek word is a combination of words. The first word means respected on the basis of proven worth. The other word means “from.” So this word means to put someone to the test for the purpose of placing one’s approval upon them to receive acceptance. 
 
They carry this test to the point where there is no need for further testing. As a result, this person comes to a settled conclusion that the person tested does not meet the requirements of the test. Therefore, they disapprove and repudiate the person. People reject Jesus after they give him a trial run based on their own standards.
 
Men rejected Christ as a result of a thorough examination. They disapproved his credentials. They declared him useless after careful scrutiny. He did not qualify as worthy in their estimation. He is unfit for their lives.  They judged him as not worthy or genuine and thus reject him. 
 
Most men reject Christ. They oppose fellowship with him (Isa. 53:3). In their judgment Jesus does not meet their test. Now the stone remains in this condition (perfect tense), that is, in a state of tested and rejected. 
 
PRINCIPLE: 
 
Man uses himself as the test or standard to determine the validity of Jesus Christ.
 
APPLICATION: 
 
Man sets up his little tests to prove whether Jesus meets their requirements. However, the issue should be is the test right or not? It is deadly to use the wrong test. Israel did this. She thought that the Messiah would be born in a noble family, that he would have wealth and become world-famous. That was her test but she used the wrong method for finding truth. 
 
Are you using your opinion to determine how a person should get to heaven? “Well, I have my opinion how a person should become a Christian.” Why should you use your opinion rather than the Word of God? 
 
The right test for determining how a person goes to heaven is the Word of God. 
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